Local Government

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.

Nate Brown wants to give the First Ward community a voice

The Reynolds Journalism Institute spokesman who grew up in Columbia's Sharp End says the city must improve its relationship with central-city residents.

Phillips wants to bring MU student influence to Columbia City Council

The former community relations chairman for the Missouri Students Association wants to cultivate a stronger relationship between the campus and other Columbia residents. 

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.

Incumbent, challenger get specific at Second Ward Columbia Council forum

The Second Ward candidates agreed on almost everything except strategies for encouraging and supporting economic development in Columbia.

MU student Jake Loft not shy about City Council ambitions

The MU senior says he's passionate about politics and about making a difference in people's lives. Loft said he wants to help bring accountability and positive change to Columbia, promoting a dialogue between all residents of the First Ward and the rest of Columbia, and help build trust between the city government and residents.

Sal Nuccio on his own campaign trail, off the beaten path

In his second bid for a seat on the City Council, the Eastside Tavern owner isn't sticking with conventional election strategies. Nuccio says he wants to work to represent the views of the First Ward on issues such as marijuana reform, police presence, protecting the architectural integrity and appeal of downtown Columbia,  downtown development and infrastructure.

Nonprofit work shapes experience of First Ward candidate Rasmussen

Rob Rasmussen works as a home coordinator for a local nonprofit agency and is active with Columbia Access Television.

City boards express distaste for pharmacy's latest proposal

CVS has attached a new design to a request that the city release a sewer easement to accommodate plans to build at Providence Road and Broadway.


Stewart hopes to be a student of his constituents

The First Ward Council candidate looks to secure Columbia's future by working with its youth.

City officials hope voters will give them a pipeline of cash for storm sewer work

Proposition 2 would more than double stormwater utility bills to address the needs of a system that Public Works staff says is falling into disrepair.

John Clark aims to restore public confidence in Columbia City Council

The three-time First Ward candidate says he would also focus on public infrastructure and code enforcement for property maintenance.