Filing period for Columbia City Council seats begins

Positions for Second and Sixth wards will appear on the April ballot; Hoppe to seek third term.
Tuesday, October 25, 2011 | 6:37 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Tuesday marked the first day that candidates could file for election to seats on the City Council.

The three-year terms of Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill and Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will end in April. Thornhill, who is in his first term on the council, could not be reached for comment. Hoppe, who is serving her second term, said she intends to seek re-election.

"I've already submitted my petition," she said.

Hoppe said that there are a number of projects she would like to continue, most notably the improvement of the city bus system and working toward neighborhood-friendly development. Hoppe said her prior experience on the council helps provide "a sense of where we've been."

Those who want to run for council seats must complete a petition and turn it in to City Clerk Sheela Amin before 5 p.m. Jan. 10. Article 16 of the city charter requires that the petitions:

  • Bear the signatures of 50 to 75 registered voters who are residents of the candidate's wards. The signatures must be accompanied by the voter's full name, street address and the date he or she signed. The petitions must be legible.
  • Must include a signed statement from the candidate accepting the nomination and agreeing to serve if elected.
  • Must include a signed statement from the person who circulated the petition, attesting that the signatures are genuine.

Once a petition in turned in, the city and county clerks will determine whether the signatures — and therefore the petition — are valid before certifying the nominee's candidacy.

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