John Clark: financial officer, neighborhood activist and civic enthusiast

John Clark is one of four people running for election for the First Ward council seat.

First Ward candidates discuss North-Central overlay district

An examination of the four First Ward candidates’ stances on the controversial proposal to add a new layer of zoning and design restrictions to the North-Central Columbia neighborhood.

Q&A: City Council candidates discuss priorities, visions for future

Read the candidates’ responses to a Missourian questionnaire.

Karen Baxter: practical nurse, “Grandma Karen” and earnest candidate

Karen Baxter is one of four people running for election for the First Ward council seat.

Letter: Vote against the 54-cent property tax for school funding

The Columbia School District doesn't need more money. It needs better budgeting.

Muleskinners hosts forum for First Ward City Council candidates

The four First Ward City Council candidates answered questions about relationships with the black community and university students.

Radio personality Fred Parry pulled off-air until after election

KFRU has pulled the plug on Fred Parry, co-host of a popular morning talk show, until after the April 8 election after his challenger for a seat on the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees filed an equal-air challenge under FCC rules.

Letter: Sturtz would not take City Council responsibility lightly

Paul Sturtz would make the voices of First Ward citizens heard if he were elected to City Council.

Letter: Fred Parry should be rewarded with a vote in the Boone Hospital Board of Trustees election

Fred Parry, as part of his trustee duties, negotiated a fair lease with BJC HealthCare and should be given a vote in the upcoming election.

School board candidates call for more open relationship with public

School board candidates answered both prepared questions and questions from the public at the school board candidates forum.

Letter: Sturtz would make positive changes in First Ward

Paul is quietly inspirational, and his humility allows others to work together to make big ideas like the Ragtag Cinemacafe and the True/False Film Festival happen in Columbia.

Letter: Vote Paul Sturtz as First Ward City Council member

Sturtz will work for clear council procedures and for a future Columbia that is sustainable and has the quality of life that many here desire.

Letter: Sturtz’s energy, commitment will benefit City Council

Paul Sturtz would represent the First Ward with the same kind of just, capable, well-informed and imaginative civic commitment he has applied to all his other work in Columbia.

Election preview: April 8 municipal election

Voters in Columbia and Boone County will go to the polls April 8 for the annual municipal election. Click here for an interactive graphic describing some of the issues voters will decide.

Huckabee warns of nation's 'health crisis'

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, making his first public speech since dropping out of the Republican presidential nomination race, spoke on the importance of making good individual health decisions and how poor diets can harm Americans and the economy.

Republicans file Insure Missouri legislation

After months of deliberation, Missouri Republicans have filed legislation to implement the governor’s proposed Insure Missouri plan to expand government-backed health care coverage for more Missourians.

First Ward candidates offer solutions to low First Ward participation on boards, commissions

Low numbers characterize First Ward representation on boards and commissions, but the candidates differ in their response to this issue.

Letter: Segert understands School Board issues

As the most qualified candidate, Ines Segert is pushing for a more open and accountable board.

Boone Hospital Center board candidates take questions from public

The candidates running for the Boone Hospital Center Board of Trustees’ two open positions fielded questions from the public during a forum Tuesday evening at the Roger B. Wilson Boone County Government Center.

First Ward candidates support pay for City Council members

All four candidates say the council deserves some level of pay or stipends.