Three-way race in place for mayor as filing period closes

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 | 5:41 p.m. CST; updated 11:02 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — Sam Allison, a former county recorder and County Council member in Bloomington, Ind., has joined the race for mayor. Allison will run against Mayor Bob McDavid and Sid Sullivan in the April 2 municipal election.

The deadline for filing was 5 p.m. Tuesday. Here are the candidates for mayor and two City Council seats:


  • Bob McDavid, 65, is running for his second term. The former physician said his job requires him to be a salesman. His platform has several areas of emphasis, including, public safety and improvement in the Police Department, transportation and making Columbia a friendlier place for new businesses. He has been a proponent of establishing an enhanced enterprise zone.
  • Sid Sullivan, 69, 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 placed third in a race for mayor in 2010 where six candidates vied to replace Darwin Hindman.
  • Sam Allison, 43, is a former county recorder and County Council member in Bloomington, Ind., and he directed an enhanced enterprise zone in Mitchell, Ind.


  • Gary Kespohl, 65, is seeking his second term as Third Ward councilman. He has said he has unfinished business, starting with improvements at Columbia Regional Airport. He also wants to continue recalling and reissuing city bonds and tackle concerns expressed by residents with disabilities. He is interested in establishing enhanced enterprise zones, which create tax incentives for businesses that expand or locate in designated areas.
  • Karl Skala, 66, is focusing on three main platforms in his campaign, including improving public safety, growth planning and infrastructure in the ward. He also has said he is interested in expanding the public transportation system. Skala beat Kespohl in 2007 and served a term on the council, then lost to Kespohl in 2010.


  • Daryl Dudley, 54, is the manager of the Hy-Vee gas station on West Broadway and was elected to represent the Fourth Ward in 2010. His concerns include Columbia's economy, as well as the safety of its residents.
  • Ian Thomas, 51, the former executive director of the PedNET Coalition, has said he hopes to focus on transportation during the campaign. He worked to pass Complete Streets, an ordinance that ensures sidewalks and bicycle lanes will be a priority when streets are planned.
  • Bill Weitkemper, 64, worked for more than 37 years as a city sewer superintendent. He has said he would concentrate on maintaining jobs and improving infrastructure.

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