Sid Sullivan recruited to run against McDavid for mayor of Columbia

Monday, January 7, 2013 | 4:06 p.m. CST; updated 10:34 a.m. CST, Tuesday, January 8, 2013

COLUMBIA — Sid Sullivan will challenge Mayor Bob McDavid for his job in the April 2 municipal election, according to a statement released Monday morning.

Sullivan has run for elected office before. He ran for the 24th District State House seat in 2006, the Southern District Boone County Commissioner seat in 2008 and for mayor of Columbia in 2010.

McDavid won the six-person mayoral election with 9,935 votes, or 54 percent. Sullivan was third with 2,222.

"I want open government and to encourage the involvement of Columbians in careful planning and implementation so we preserve and improve all Columbia neighborhoods,” Sullivan said in the news release.

Carrie Burdette, a source close to the campaign said, "Win or lose, we are opposing McDavid so he is forced to debate and explain what he wants to do the next three years."

Sullivan moved to Columbia with his wife, Joan, from Oak Park, Ill., in 2002 after he retired. He spent most of his career working in adult corrections and the court system. Sullivan previously worked at Roche Diagnostics.

Sullivan earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics and philosophy from Loyola University in Chicago, a master's degree in sociology from the New School of Research in New York City and a master of business administration degree from DePaul University in Chicago.

Here is a profile and more complete bio of Sullivan from 2010.

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Derrick Fogle January 7, 2013 | 5:14 p.m.

Excellent! Now two great people I endorse and support: Sullivan for mayor, and Weitkemper for 4th ward.

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