Local Government

Candidate volume predicts turnout better than fundraising

With nine candidates on the ballot including write-in Chad Phillips, this is the busiest City Council election Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren can remember.

How to participate in Tuesday's election

Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday.

New trustee will need to monitor pulse of hospital's finances

Two cardiologists are running for chair emeritus Barbara Weaver's position on the Boone Hospital Center's Board of Trustees. Robert Doroghazi and Jerry Kennett differ on the main issue facing the trustees: whether to renew a lease with BJC, which manages the county-owned hospital.

City Council candidates describe ward-specific priority issues

Candidates for three seats on the Columbia City Council respond to a question from the Missourian on specific issues in their ward they look to make a priority if elected to City Council — including infrastructure, affordable housing, tenants' protection, public safety and public parking.

Candidates hope to champion personal causes with council election

The candidates for Columbia City Council said there are many causes — increased polarization in city council, transparent fiscal policy, improving infrastructure, diversity — that they hoped the council would resolve during their time on the council.

Despite years of job growth in Columbia, REDI strives for more

Incubators and new marketing strategies are intended to bring more employment opportunities to town.

As rapid growth continues, downtown's future remains uncertain

The relatively open-ended C-2 zoning guidelines that govern downtown development might be a reason why student housing has sprouted up in recent years. An amendment to the zoning card was added by the Columbia City Council to restrict height of buildings and to require adequate parking.

Sierra Club endorses Rasmussen for First Ward council seat

The club selected Rob Rasmussen based on his responses to the club’s questionnaire about environmental issues.


City Council candidates discuss strategies for creating jobs, boosting economy

Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards answered Missourian reporters questions regarding economic development strategies.

City Council candidates offer their 2 cents on downtown development, zoning

All 13 candidates for three open Columbia City Council seats weighed in on the future and past of downtown Columbia.

Boone County Commission tables rezoning of property east of Battle High School

The commission wanted to wait to vote on the rezoning request until it had more information regarding the property's access point to Route Z.

Prospective hospital trustees and candidates for City Council, School Board attend public forum

Forty people filed into Second Missionary Baptist Church Tuesday evening for the NAACP-hosted forum.

Columbia City Council candidates file finance reports 8 days before election

Candidates for the three available council seats filed reports detailing funds raised and spent during their campaigns.

Sixth Ward council candidate Peters wants to bring council, community together

The physician and MU professor said polarization is hindering progress in city government.

Euliss wants to bring fiscal responsibility to council through Sixth Ward seat

The chief financial officer of Boone Electric Cooperative said the city isn't spending taxpayers' money as wisely as it could.


Second Ward council candidate Paul Love feels need to mount a challenge

The president of the Parkade Neighborhood Association says the only way to change government is to get involved.

Second Ward incumbent Michael Trapp says campaign is easier this time around

The Parkade neighborhood resident and interim director of Phoenix Health Programs says idealism must be balanced with pragmatism.

Council candidates' opinions not limited to paper or plastic

The results of the upcoming April 7 election could drastically alter the dynamic of the Columbia City Council and the debate over a potential ban on plastic bags. Of the thirteen candidates, many support the ban for environmental and economic reasons, others believe city council should not be involved in private enterprise.

City Council candidates weigh in on whether Columbia's marijuana ordinances should be changed

Some candidates support putting the issue on a citywide ballot, others suggest a statewide vote is needed.

City Council candidate Rader cites family's stake in First Ward

The co-owner and manager of Bengals says his work at the bar has given him unique insight, and he has ideas on how to solve some of the problems facing the city.