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Elections

What you need to know before you go the polls on Tuesday

Voters will elect a mayor, fill the Third and Fourth ward seats on the Columbia City Council and cast ballots on a charter amendment. Here's what voters need to know before they go to the polls.

Prop 1 seeks sales tax for 911, emergency centers

The three-eighths-cent sales tax would generate about $9.3 million per year and would be used to finance a new building for 911 and emergency management operations as well as staffing and equipment upgrades.

 

Candidates discuss 911 tax, policing at final public forum

Candidates for the City Council debated a host of issues Thursday evening at the last public forum before Tuesday's election.

City Council candidates discuss city, ward priorities

Missourian reporters asked candidates for the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about city and ward priorities beyond those addressed in previous questions.

Council candidates, 911 tax committee file finance reports 8 days before election

Mayor Bob McDavid leads all candidate fundraisers, while Citizens for Effective Emergency Response reports raising more than $17,000 to campaign for the 911 and emergency management sales tax.

City Council candidates discuss increasing MU enrollment

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about MU's increasing enrollment.

City Council candidates discuss street, sidewalk and trail needs

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about streets, sidewalks and trails.

Candidates address infrastructure, minority issues at NAACP forum

About a dozen people listened to candidates for mayor, Third and Fourth wards council races address issues related to minorities, infrastructure problems in Columbia.

 

City Council candidates discuss the Police Department

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about the Police Department.

City Council candidates discuss crime

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about crime.

Fourth Ward candidate Bill Weitkemper says he would be 'tough but fair' leader

The longtime superintendent of the city's sewer division said dissatisfaction with city leadership prompted his bid for City Council.

Optimism fuels Fourth Ward Councilman Daryl Dudley in campaign

Despite the surprises of council service, Fourth Ward incumbent Daryl Dudley is enthusiastic about seeking a second three-year term.

Ian Thomas strives to bring his ideas and energy to Fourth Ward council seat

Ian Thomas has studied physics, been a substitute teacher, worked in the media and is most well known in Columbia for his involvement in the PedNet Coalition.

Proposition 1 defines when city can determine "blight," eminent domain for development

The charter amendment would prevent the city from using eminent domain to acquire property for economic development with the intention of transferring seized property to private entities.

City Council, mayoral candidates discuss youth violence, solutions at forum

Around 40 attendees gathered to hear the candidates address how they would lower unemployment, reduce youth violence and enhance youth development.

City Council candidates discuss Columbia bus system

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about the Columbia bus system.

City Council candidates discuss ideas for Columbia Regional Airport

Missourian reporters asked candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council nine standardized questions on city government issues. Here are their verbatim answers to a question about Columbia Regional Airport.

Boone County, 911 officials prepared to launch new facility plans

Changes would begin immediately if voters approve Proposition 1 on the April 2 ballot, officials say.

Numbers drive Gary Kespohl's City Council re-election campaign

Gary Kespohl, the one-term incumbent running for re-election in the Third Ward, cites fiscal responsibility, job growth as priorities in his campaign.

Third Ward council candidate Karl Skala wants to reaffirm committment to Columbia

The former council member has remained active in city government since he lost his seat three years ago, and shows persistence and resiliency on the campaign trail.

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