COLUMBIA — Sid Sullivan walked into the City Clerk's office at 9:30 a.m. and filed his paperwork to run for mayor as the incumbent, Bob McDavid, worked in his office a few feet away.
Sullivan sat down with City Clerk Sheela Amin and together they reviewed the signatures of Columbia residents supporting his candidacy.
Sullivan signed some election paperwork and providing that at least 100 of the submitted signatures are valid, he will become McDavid's opponent for the mayor's office in the April 2 municipal election.
A mayoral candidate can submit a maximum of 150 signatures. The city clerk must validate that at least 100 of the signatures belong to Columbia residents. Boone County has a database it uses for the validation, according to Amin. She said the process could take up to 10 days but usually is completed sooner.
Sullivan has run for mayor before. He won 2,222 votes in the 2010 mayor's race. The Missourian published a candidate profile at the time.
"I'm running because we need to pay attention to everybody in the city," he said Tuesday morning. "I have felt that we really need to open up the whole process to everybody and not just the few."
Sullivan singled out one group who did not benefit from the council's attention.
"City Council had some missteps with the trailer park people, the people who were forced out of their homes. You waved a a little money in front of them, and they thought they were getting a deal."
Sullivan also spoke of the city's approach to economic development in light of its failure to establish an enhanced enterprise zone in Columbia. He said he wanted to be sure the EEZ wouldn't enter into discussions again after the elections.
"The real concern with EEZ was that the blighted area would get absolutely nothing. There were no provisions to improve the neighborhood," he said. "The provisions were, we just need you to invite businesses to come in and then give them a tax break. So suddenly you are thriving on blight."
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