Sam Allison leaves mayor's race voluntarily

Friday, January 18, 2013 | 4:30 p.m. CST; updated 11:01 a.m. CDT, Thursday, March 14, 2013

COLUMBIA — Sam Allison dropped out of the mayoral race Friday, leaving Sid Sullivan as the only candidate to compete against incumbent Mayor Bob McDavid on the April 2 ballot.

Allison said in a news release that his name will not appear on the ballot. He also endorsed Sullivan's bid to defeat McDavid and offered his campaign experience to help him do so.

Allison said neither Sullivan nor his own supporters had asked him to leave the race. Instead, he and McDavid's opponents feared splitting the opposition's votes against McDavid.

"Especially with Sid and I sounding like each other," Allison said. "We were going to have a repeat of 2012, and that is history we do not want to repeat."

McDavid in 2010 emerged from a field of six candidates to win his first term as mayor.

Allison surprised some people ten days ago when he established his Columbia residency and filed his candidacy for mayor on the same day, even before he had bothered to establish a Wi-Fi Internet connection at his new apartment.

"I know that it was a very decisive action that I took," Allison said.

Allison worked as quickly today to end his run. "Right now, closing out my campaign is front and center, and I will have to deal with my residency issues later on," he said.

Allison will file the appropriate documents to close out his campaign with the Missouri Ethics Commission filings in the next few days.

Allison has been involved with several Columbia community groups since his arrival from Monroe County, Ind., about a year ago. He was elected to public office twice as county recorder and as a county councilman.

Allison said he intends to remain politically active in Columbia with Democracy for Missouri, where he serves on the Columbia chapter's board of directors, and with a group that is forming a Columbia chapter, Move to Amend, which he said is dedicated to overturning the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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