Jason Thornhill decides not to seek re-election to Columbia City Council

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 | 7:01 p.m. CDT; updated 9:13 a.m. CDT, Thursday, October 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — Jason Thornhill, the Second Ward representative to the Columbia City Council, has decided not to seek re-election. His term expires in April.

Thornhill, who was elected in 2009, cited his children as a major factor in deciding not to run for a second term.

"When I was elected to council I had twins, and they were 3 years old," he said. "I’ve been on council half their lives."

Thornhill said he wanted to commit more time to his children and that that wouldn't allow enough time for his responsibilities as a councilman. He had only good things to say about those he has worked with and said he enjoys the experiences that come with being a councilman.

"I don't regret it at all," he said.

Sixth Ward Councilwoman Barbara Hoppe will seek a third term, she said Tuesday.

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. Candidates must collect signatures from at least 50 registered voters who live in their ward.

Once a petition is 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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Allan Sharrock October 27, 2011 | 11:59 a.m.

FYI to those who may be wondering. I no longer live in the second ward so I won't be running.

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