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Michael Trapp, Barbara Hoppe sworn in to Columbia City Council seats

By Jacob Kirn
April 16, 2012 | 8:56 p.m. CDT
Barbara Hoppe and Michael Trapp were sworn in Monday to the City Council. Hoppe has served on the City Council since 2006. Trapp took the place of outgoing Second Ward councilman Jason Thornhill.

COLUMBIA — Michael Trapp became the 30th Second Ward City Council representative since 1922, while Barbara Hoppe was sworn in to her third term as the Sixth Ward's ninth council representative on Monday evening.

After reciting an oath amidst the clicks of a half-dozen cameras, Trapp — slightly flushed and beaming — thanked his supporters from his new council chair, at Mayor Bob McDavid's left.

"I'm the master of prepared remarks," Trapp said to the crowd of about 40. "But I didn't want to do that today.

"I'm honored the voters of the Second Ward chose me. I'm looking forward to giving back and working hard and um — I was told not to say 'um,'" joked Trapp, who admitted to slight nerves earlier in the day.

Trapp captured 44 percent of the vote in the April 3 election to defeat opponents Bill Pauls and Mike Atkinson.

"I'm especially thankful to the folks who donated their time and money to see that this change happens, that we become an even more responsive, humane and vibrant community," Trapp said.

Hoppe read from a prepared script following her oath, hitting on familiar talking points.

"It takes a village to elect good, competent and diligent people to office," Hoppe said, borrowing the title of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's 1996 book.

Hoppe then thanked the voters "who used their good judgment to sort the true from the false."

"They expect issue-oriented, positive and fair campaigns, not negative and slanderous attacks," she said, referencing Sixth Ward candidate Bill Tillotson's controversial campaign commercial that cast her in a negative light.

Hoppe defeated Tillotson with 63 percent of the vote to retain the seat she's held since 2006. 

"I believe Columbia's becoming a shining star of the Midwest," Hoppe said. "I will do my best to serve the Sixth Ward and the entire community during the next three years.

"Let's work together," she concluded, to a round of applause.

At the start of the special meeting, outgoing Second Ward Councilman Jason Thornhill bid farewell to his constituents, city staff and his colleagues on the council. 

"I enjoyed it," said Thornhill, who chose not to run for re-election. "A lot of people asked me if I hated it, and that's not the case."

McDavid presented Thornhill with a resolution acknowledging his service, and two more offerings.

"I've always felt it was a nice thing to have a tree planted for you while you're still alive," McDavid said dryly. 

City Manager Mike Matthes then handed Thornhill a gift certificate for The District.

"We don't want you to forget where downtown is," Matthes said.

"I'll look for the garage," Thornhill quipped.

The council re-elected Hoppe as mayor pro-tem near the conclusion of the meeting.