Filing deadline closed with five Columbia City Council candidates

Tuesday, January 10, 2012 | 6:59 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Five candidates filed a petition to run for City Council seats for the Second or Sixth wards before the 5 p.m. Tuesday deadline.

Second Ward

The incumbent Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill decided not to run for re-election. Three candidates have filed for the current Thornhill seat.

Mike Atkinson

Atkinson, born and raised in Columbia, is a co-owner of The Candy Factory and a Central Columbia Association board member. He is also a deacon at Memorial Baptist Church and a volunteer referee for the Upward Basketball League. Atkins graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1999 and returned to live in Columbia in 2005 after he left the city for a short time.

Crime and budget concerns will be his campaign focus, according to a previous Missourian article.

Bill Pauls

Pauls has lived in Columbia for 25 years and has been a Second Ward resident for 11 years. He is president of the Hunters Gate Neighborhood Association and has served three terms on the Parks and Recreation Commission, according to an earlier article.

He also volunteers for the City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Pauls, a graduate of the Columbia Citizens Police Academy, was a member of Citizens on Patrol with the Columbia Police Department. He retired from the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 2007.

Michael Trapp

Trapp has been a Columbia resident for six years and is a substance abuse counselor with Phoenix Programs. He is also a founding member of the Columbia-Boone County Basic Needs Coalition and previously worked as a caseworker with a domestic violence shelter, according to previous reporting.

Trapp’s primary concerns would be sidewalk infrastructure of the city, according to a previous story.

Sixth Ward

The Sixth Ward race features the incumbent and a challenger.

Barbara Hoppe

Hoppe, an attorney, is the incumbent Sixth Ward councilwoman and is seeking election to a third term.

Hoppe has said the city needs to update its zoning ordinances. She has been a longtime proponent of water quality protections and advocates a holistic view of growth in the community. During the recent debate over whether to rezone Columbia Regency mobile home park to allow the development of student apartments, she pushed for measures to ease the impact on residents who would be displaced from the park.

Bill Tillotson

Tillotson, who has lived in the Sixth Ward for 24 years, is a member of the Planning and Zoning Commission and on the board of the New Century Fund as well as the Community Foundation of Central Missouri. He was a member of the Comprehensive Plan Task Force and has volunteered at the Boone County Clerk’s office, according to a previous Missourian article.

The City Council election will be April 3. 

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