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Columbia Missourian

Fifth Ward council candidates' backgrounds, issues summarized

By John Farmer de la Torre
January 31, 2013 | 6:00 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — Three Fifth Ward candidates for the Columbia City Council shared their policy views and biographies with the Missourian. Voters will decide through a special election scheduled on Feb. 5, which candidate will fill the council vacancy left by Helen Anthony, who resigned late last year.

Here's a look at the candidates:


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Susan "Tootie" Burns

Susan Tootie Burns

Address: 117 W. Burnam Road

Personal: Age 47. She is married to Richard Burns. They have three daughters, ages 12, 15 and 17.

Education: Bachelor's degree in personal financial planning, MU

Occupation: Resident artist at Orr Street Studios

On the web: She also has a YouTube channel.


Mark H. Jones

Mark Jones

Address: 1151 Azoros Drive

Personal: Age 36. He is married to Sharon Jones. They have a 17-year-old daughter.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science and communications, Central Methodist University, Fayette

Occupation: Staff member of the Missouri National Education Association

On the web:, @jonesmarkh,

Laura Nauser

Laura Nauser

Address: 5707 Bridlewood Court

Personal: Age 49. She is married to Greg Nauser. They have a grown daughter and a son who is a senior at Rock Bridge High School.

Education: Bachelor's degree in political science, Columbia College

Occupation: Part-time program assistant at the Robert L. Perry Juvenile Justice Center

On the web:



Leadership philosophy

Motivation for seeking office

Power lines

Tax incentives


Airport upgrades

Bus system

Read more on the Fifth Ward's special election.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.