The chief financial officer of Boone Electric Cooperative said the city isn't spending taxpayers' money as wisely as it could.
The president of the Parkade Neighborhood Association says the only way to change government is to get involved.
The Parkade neighborhood resident and interim director of Phoenix Health Programs says idealism must be balanced with pragmatism.
Columbia voters will choose three new Columbia City Council representatives and elect leadership for the Columbia School Board in the April 7 General Election.
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.
Some candidates support putting the issue on a citywide ballot, others suggest a statewide vote is needed.
The Reynolds Journalism Institute spokesman who grew up in Columbia's Sharp End says the city must improve its relationship with central-city residents.
The former community relations chairman for the Missouri Students Association wants to cultivate a stronger relationship between the campus and other Columbia residents.
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.
Six of the First Ward candidates answered questions but revealed few significant differences in their positions on a range of issues.
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.
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.
Rob Rasmussen works as a home coordinator for a local nonprofit agency and is active with Columbia Access Television.
The First Ward Council candidate looks to secure Columbia's future by working with its youth.
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.
The three-time First Ward candidate says he would also focus on public infrastructure and code enforcement for property maintenance.
The Rev. Clyde Ruffin is ready to retire from his career as a theater professor and try making a difference on the Columbia City Council.
As passenger numbers remain stagnant, the city looks for ways to continue tweaking its transit system.
Twelve candidates for three Columbia City Council seats responded to a Missourian inquiry about the challenges for CoMO Connect and public transit in Columbia.
Candidates from the First, Second and Sixth wards shared their views on a hotel and motel tax that would help pay for a new terminal at Columbia Regional Airport.