Planning and Zoning commissioner, attorney to run for council

Sunday, January 9, 2011 | 11:50 a.m. CST; updated 5:36 p.m. CST, Sunday, January 9, 2011
Attorney and Planning and Zoning Commissioner Helen Anthony has decided to run for the Fifth Ward City Council seat being vacated by Laura Nauser.

COLUMBIA — Helen Anthony announced Saturday that she is running for the Fifth Ward City Council seat.

Anthony, a Columbia resident since 2003, has been involved in the Assistance League of mid-Missouri and has been a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission since 2007. Anthony has focused much of her effort as a commissioner on the East Columbia Area Plan and a comprehensive plan for Columbia.


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"I think my analytical skills as an attorney, and my experience on Planning & Zoning, will help the City Council continue to make sound decisions regarding Columbia’s future economic growth," Anthony said in a news release.

From Needham, Mass., Anthony majored in government at Colby College in Maine and received a law degree at the New England School of Law in Boston. She has been a licensed attorney since 1988 and was partner in her own firm before she moved to Columbia to marry her husband, Douglas Anthony, chairman of the pathology and anatomical science departments at MU.

Anthony wants to address the city’s zoning regulations and land use policies as a member of the City Council.

The zoning regulations and land-use policies are at least 25 years old, Anthony said. 

“They’re not addressing land issues that are issues now,” she said.

Anthony joins Glen Ehrhardt in running for the Fifth Ward seat. Current Councilwoman Laura Nauser decided not to run for a third three-year term on the council.

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