Short profiles of Columbia City Council candidates

Friday, March 30, 2012 | 6:00 a.m. CDT; updated 4:08 p.m. CDT, Saturday, March 31, 2012



306 Whitetail Drive

Personal: Age 62. He is married to Kris Pauls. They have two children.

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Occupation: Retired Missouri assistant soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Education: Bachelor's degree in agriculture, Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State University).

Background: Represents the Second Ward on the Parks and Recreation Commission, president of the Hunters Gate Neighborhood Association, volunteer with the Columbia Hospitality Corps, member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church.

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10 E. Leslie Lane

Personal: Age 43. He has a bichon-Spaniel dog named Fido.

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Occupation: Substance abuse counselor at Phoenix Programs Inc.

Education: Associate's degree in psychology, Monroe County Community College, 1988; bachelor's degree in sociology, University of Toledo, 1990; master's degree in sociology, University of Toledo, 1993.

Background: Member of the Independent Order of Oddfellows, Columbia Lodge #207; the Missouri Cadre for Co-Occurring Excellence; KOPN; and the Boone County Offender Transition Network.

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1614 Secretariat Drive

Personal: Age: 31. He is married to Amy Atkinson. They have two children, one son, 4; and a daughter, 2. Another child is due April 18.

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Occupation: Co-owns The Candy Factory with his parents. He also is also the store's director of operations and chief of new product development.

Education: Graduated from Rock Bridge High School in 1999; dual degrees in marketing and entrepreneurship from Baylor University, 2003.

Background: Serves on the Central Columbia Association board of directors, deacon at Memorial Baptist Church; volunteer referee for the church’s Upward Basketball League.

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607 Bluff Dale Drive

Personal: Age 61. She is married to Mike Sleadd. She has two daughters from a previous marriage, and Sleadd has two sons.

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Occupation: Attorney, Missouri Public Defender System (retired)

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in education, history and political science from the University of Michigan, 1972; juris doctorate from MU, 1987, specializing in advocacy, negotiation and mediation.

Background: Member of Columbia’s Active Living by Design Committee, founded Hinkson Valley Neighborhood Association, charter member of Boone County Smart Growth Coalition, served on board of Boone County League of Women Voters, served on board of Heart of Missouri Court of Appointed Special Advocates.

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720 S. Rustic Road

Personal: Age 60. He is married to Pamela Sue Tillotson. They have three children and three grandchildren.

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Occupation: Insurance agent

Education: Salisbury High School, 1970.

Background: Member of Planning and Zoning Commission, New Century Fund Board, founding member of Community Foundation of Central Missouri, volunteer on the steering committee for Roots 'N' Blues 'N' BBQ.


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