Meet the Columbia City Council candidates

First Ward

Fred Schmidt

Personal: Age 52. Not married, no kids.

On the Web:, Facebook.

Occupation: Fred Schmidt is an accountant and bookkeeper, doing computer consulting, taxes and accounting functions such as financial statements. He is the owner of Accounting Cycle, providing accounting and bookkeeping services for small businesses.

Education: Bachelor's degree in economics from Vassar College (1982); master’s degree in economics from the University of California, Berkeley; Rock Bridge High School graduate.

Background: Treasurer of Fun City, member of the Columbia Bicycle and Pedestrian Commission, treasurer of the Missouri Bicycle Federation, president of Benton-Stephens Community Association until 2008, founding member of West Ash Neighborhood Association, member of Calvary Episcopal Church.

Treasurer: Ginny Chadwick.

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Mitch Richards

Personal: Age 29. Not married, no kids.

On the Web:, Facebook.

Occupation: Self-employed, working as a contract-based English language translator/trainer, providing English services to French corporations.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Montana, master’s degree in Eastern European studies from the University of Bologna (Italy).

Background: Former treasurer of Keep Columbia Free, former co-host on KOPN/89.5 FM.

Treasurer: Michael Rebstock.

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Pam Forbes

Personal: Age 57. Not married. She has one daughter, age 38.

On the Web: None.

Occupation: Toolmaker at Schneider Electric since 1978.

Education: Associate's degree in machine tool technology from Linn State Technical College.

Background: Grass Roots Organizing board member, appointed commissioner representing the First Ward on the Community Development Commission, Daughter of the American Revolution.

Treasurer: Joan A. Sullivan.

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Darrell Foster

Personal: Age 60.

On the Web: None.

Occupation: Did not provide occupation.

Education: Master’s of public administration degree in management from Indiana University, teaching certificate from Indiana University South Bend.

Background: Member of the First Ward Ambassadors.

Treasurer: None.

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Fifth Ward

Helen Anthony

Personal: Age 50. Married to Douglas C. Anthony. They have four children, ages 26, 19, 18 and 17.

On the Web: HelenAnthony.comFacebook.

Occupation: Attorney.

Education: Bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College in Waterville, Maine; law degree from New England School of Law in Boston.

Background: Member of both the Missouri and Massachusetts bar associations, secretary of the Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission, member of the Assistance League of Mid-Missouri, vice president of Pines Homeowners Association, member of the External Advisory Council for Master of Public Health at the University of Missouri, board member of Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri, and member of The Crossing church.

Treasurer: Linda Dellsperger.

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Glen Ehrhardt

Personal: Age 51. Married to Tina Ehrhardt. Glen has two children, ages 18 and 16.

On the Web:, Facebook.

Occupation: Attorney/partner at Rogers, Ehrhardt & Weber LLC.

Education: Bachelor’s degrees in political science and economics and a law degree from MU.

Background: President of the board of directors for Mid-Missouri Legal Services, Inc.; 25-year member of the Boone County Bar Association and the Missouri Bar; member of Lake Woodrail Homeowners Association board of directors; past president and board of directors member of the Bluff Creek Homeowners Association; a Charter founder, member, and past president of Columbia South Rotary; member of The Business Advantage; former member and co-chair of the Bonne Femme Watershed Stakeholder Committee; served on the Columbia Public Schools High School Site Selection Committee; currently serves on the Board of Directors for Alternative Community Training; formally served on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club, Friends of Rusk Rehabilitation, Visiting Nurses Association and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce; previously coached CYA soccer; attends Woodcrest Chapel.

Treasurer: Kee Groshong, deputy treasurer Dick Walls.

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