Local Government

Columbia City Council candidates address ward-specific issues

Voters will select council representatives in Columbia's Second and Sixth wards on Tuesday. Each ward has different challenges and constituencies.

Tillotson clarifies fraud conviction, denounces Hoppe

City Council candidate Bill Tillotson released a statement about a fraud conviction in 1976 and his pardon in 1998, after a news report raised the issue.

Promotion to fire chief is highlight of Charles Witt's career

Charles Witt, the fire chief of Columbia Fire Department, has been a firefighter for 36 years. His career has gave him a new perspective of life, and now he is seeking another success — in dancing.

Six candidates file to represent 4th District in Congress

One Democrat, two Republicans, two Libertarians and one Constitution Party candidate will vie for the position as representative for Missouri's 4th District.

Brian Dollar is last to file for Boone County commissioner

One of six people running for the seat, Dollar is a member of the Boone County Planning & Zoning Commission. He has been a county surveyor, served on the Board of Equalization and served on the Boone County Democratic Central Committee.

Final list of candidates for Missouri legislative races announced

Three more candidates registered on the final day to run for the state House of Representatives bring the total number of candidates to 11.

Columbia City Council candidates share perceptions of crime, Police Department

The five City Council candidates were asked about their views about crime and the Columbia Police Department.

Columbia City Council candidates report campaign donations, spending

The five candidates for two seats on the council filed their paperwork on Monday with the Missouri Ethics Commission.

City Council candidates discuss future of Columbia bus system

Candidates support asking MU to help pay for a more extensive, student-centric bus system. However, they are split on how much the city should subsidize bus operating costs from its own budget.

Hoppe recognized for leadership by National League of Cities

Sixth Ward councilwoman reached the bronze level in the National League of Cities' Certificate of Achievement in Leadership program.

Columbia City Council Candidate Bill Tillotson seeks hands-on improvements

The candidate for the Sixth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council believes his business acumen would serve him well in city government.

Mike Atkinson brings business experience, dedication to City Council race

Mike Atkinson, who is running for the Second Ward seat on the Columbia City Council, says his experience as co-owner of The Candy Factory will help him achieve his goals for city government. 

Columbia proposing to nearly double water supply at treatment plant

The proposed expansion, which would be the largest and most complicated in the treatment plant's history, would limit the amount of water that can be treated during construction.

Draft plan outlines threats, protections for Columbia's drinking water

After the Source Water Protection Plan Task Force plan is finalized, the plan will be presented to the Missouri Department of Natural Resources, Columbia City Council and the Boone County Local Emergency Planning Committee for review and comments.

Hoppe brings historical perspective to third Columbia City Council campaign

Barbara Hoppe's career in politics didn't begin with her efforts to save Stephens Lake Park in 2000, but they do illustrate her commitment to the past and future of Columbia. Twelve years later, she's hoping to continue that commitment in a third term on the Columbia City Council.

Trapp brings cerebral approach to City Council campaign

Michael Trapp, a lifelong listener, hopes to use his perceptive qualities and "servant's heart" to secure the Second Ward vacancy in City Council.

ROUNDUP: Boone County election candidates and proposals

Here is a roundup of the races and issues that will appear on Boone County ballots on Tuesday, April 3. 

Columbia City Council candidate Bill Pauls not shy about speaking his mind

Bill Pauls, a longtime city volunteer and retired soil scientist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, is making his first bid for elected office.

Planning Commission approves Hunter's Landing condominiums zoning request

The Columbia Planning and Zoning Commission approved a request to rezone property at the southwest corner of Garth Avenue and Blue Ridge Road to a planned unit development that would allow up to six dwelling units per acre.

MULTIMEDIA: City Council candidates speak about the issues

The Columbia Missourian asked the five Columbia City Council candidates a series of questions in video interviews.