MULTIMEDIA: City Council candidates speak about the issues

Thursday, March 22, 2012 | 4:46 p.m. CDT; updated 11:09 p.m. CDT, Thursday, March 22, 2012

The Columbia Missourian asked the five Columbia City Council candidates a series of questions in video interviews. The questions the candidates were asked are:

  • What strategies do you believe are most promising for supporting existing businesses and for attracting new business, industry and jobs to town?
  • What are your thoughts about the consultant's report that found low morale and problematic leadership in the Columbia Police Department?
  • What are your perceptions about crime in Columbia?
  • Responsible budgeting has been a consistent theme in the City Council campaign. If you are elected, what would be your budget priorities, and what areas do you believe are expendable or need attention?
  • What more can the city do to ensure responsible growth?
  • If elected, what will be your first priority upon entering office?

In a post on The Watchword, the Missourian's blog focused on public affairs, reporter Kip Hill explains the process of developing the questions.

Mike Atkinson is a candidate for the Second Ward.

Bill Pauls is a candidate for the Second Ward.

Michael Trapp is a candidate for the Second Ward.

Barbara Hoppe is the incumbent Sixth Ward councilwoman and is seeking re-election.

Bill Tillotson is a candidate for the Sixth Ward.

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