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Michael Trapp joins the race for City Council's Second Ward seat

Saturday, January 7, 2012 | 5:03 p.m. CST; updated 7:23 p.m. CST, Saturday, January 7, 2012

COLUMBIA — Another Columbia resident has announced his candidacy for the Second Ward City Council seat.

Michael Trapp, 43, of 10 E. Leslie Lane, said Saturday afternoon that he had collected his 75th signature on a ballot petition so he can run for the Second Ward City Council seat currently held by Jason Thornhill.

Trapp has lived in Columbia for six years, having moved to the city from Michigan, but said he first discovered Columbia on a visit to the city in 1994.

“I’ve always loved Columbia," Trapp said. "It's a great town."

Trapp currently works as a substance abuse counselor with Phoenix Programs, a drug treatment center, and is a founding member of the Columbia-Boone County Basic Needs Coalition. Trapp previously worked as a caseworker with a domestic violence shelter.

Trapp said that an article he read in the Columbia Daily Tribune spurred the decision to run for the council. At the time, no one had announced their candidacy for the Second Ward seat. In the article, Thornhill, who has decided to vacate the seat, called the Second Ward voters “fairly apathetic” because the area does not face many controversial issues.

“I care about this city,” Trapp said. He added that his background in the human services help him understand the struggles of many in Columbia.

Trapp said one of his primary concerns as a member of the council would be creating what he calls “liveable streets,” meaning the sidewalk infrastructure of the city.

“I walked all over the ward collecting signatures, and I only walked a couple blocks on sidewalk,” Trapp said.

Bill Pauls, a former soil scientist and Columbia resident for 25 years, also plans to run for the Second Ward seat.

Petitions are due to the city clerk’s office at 701 E. Broadway by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

 


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