Residents of the Sixth Ward know who Barbara Hoppe is. She does her homework, asks thoughtful questions at Columbia City Council meetings and has a track record of excellent constituent service. What we know about Bill Tillotson is that the Chamber of Commerce supports him. He is one of the good old boys in Columbia. He will go along to get along with the big developers in town who have historically gotten their way.
In the Sixth Ward, there is a clear choice in the April elections: Residents can vote for Hoppe, who is for smart growth, or Tillotson, who is for unfettered growth. They can vote for a candidate — Hoppe — who will support a new comprehensive plan for the city of Columbia that guides development into those areas of the city where it makes sense. Alternatively, they can vote for a candidate, Tillotson, who will support a new comprehensive plan that encourages growth everywhere.
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For those of us concerned about the welfare of all the people in Columbia and not just what is good for the builder/developer crowd that runs the Chamber of Commerce, our support is behind Hoppe.
Jack Clark is a Columbia resident.