Fifth Ward City Council special election
Laura Nauser emerged the victor by 55 votes in a three-way race for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. She will return to the seat she held for six years from 2005 to 2011.
Susan "Tootie" Burns, Mark Jones and Laura Nauser are competing for a seat on the Columbia City Council. Polls remain open until 7 p.m.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday as voters pick a successor to Councilwoman Helen Anthony.
Development council director says Susan "Tootie" Burns was not asked to attend a Monday reception because she has no relationship with the group. Candidates Mark Jones and Laura Nauser plan to be there.
The group announced its support for Laura Nauser over opponents Mark Jones and Susan "Tootie" Burns at its quarterly membership breakfast.
A special election for the Fifth Ward seat will be Feb. 5 to fill the vacancy of Helen Anthony, who resigned last year.
The three candidates say the airport is important to the city and its effort to attract business, and offer suggestions as to how to expand the airport.
The three candidates were required to file new reports eight days before next Tuesday's special election.
Candidates for the Fifth Ward City Council seat say the community must be involved in fighting crime and that Police Chief Ken Burton must be held accountable for fixing morale in his department.
Fifth Ward council candidates say they will be careful using public money to promote economic development.
An investigation of 2002 campaign finance violations prompted the Missouri Ethics Commission to fine Jones $2,500.
The three candidates address crime, snow removal and airport issues at third forum of special election campaign season.
Campaign finance reports filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission show breadth of candidates' networks.
Downtown and citywide planning and the city bus system were among the topics discussed during the luncheon.
Candidates for Columbia's Fifth Ward City Council seat answered questions from the public concerning, among other things, power lines and renovations to the city's airport.