With a "Hindman for Mayor" yard sign propped up behind him, Mayor Darwin Hindman announced Thursday he will run for re-election.
"I'm proud to have served three terms as mayor and would be proud to be re-elected," he said.
Hindman said his experience as mayor is important to a rapidly growing city like Columbia. Originally elected in April 1995, Hindman will reappear on the April 6 ballot.
"Columbia continues to get kudos as a top place to live," Hindman said, citing Columbia's recognition by MSN as one of the 10 best cities to live. "We have got to continue to strive for those kind of kudos."
Hindman said he made his final decision to run on Tuesday, the day before the six-month milestone of his July surgery. The mayor suffered from a severe form of acid reflux disease, called Barrett’s esophagus, which led him to develop a precancerous cell irregularity called high-grade dysplasia. In order to remove the irregular cells, he underwent a procedure called esophagectomy, which involves removing the esophagus and replacing it with part of the stomach.
"I need to make a decision on something other than health," he said.
Hindman said his health has improved dramatically since his operation and he feels 90 to 95 percent better.
On his agenda for re-election is dealing with new street standards and city expansion. He also plans to tackle public building issues and work on economic development.
Hindman has not yet submitted his petition nor received all his required signatures.
No opponent has come forward to challenge Hindman in April's election.