VOTERS GUIDE: How many votes make the difference?

Tuesday is Columbia’s 2014 municipal election. In previous years, some elections have been decided by a few hundred votes or fewer.

VOTERS GUIDE: What you need to know for Tuesday's election

The Missourian's staff put together this guide to help you get informed about the candidates and the issues before you vote.

With civic affairs experience, Bill Easley makes bid for First Ward council seat

The Army veteran's top priority for the First Ward is increasing the job market. He would also like to work with the police and schools to enhance public safety.

Steeped in faith, Byndom makes low-key bid for First Ward council seat

A council appearance and service record shed light on First Ward candidate Tyree Byndom's views.

Ginny Chadwick's First Ward campaign draws on experience, community

The MU graduate student is the only First Ward candidate who has raised money for a City Council campaign.

Final forum for First Ward candidates addresses public safety, downtown

In their last public forum together before the April 8 elections, Ginny Chadwick, John Clark and Bill Easley addressed public safety, downtown development and public health.

Candidates set for primary races in Boone County

Here are the candidates who have filed to run in the Boone County elections. The primary will be held Aug. 5, and the general election is Nov. 4.

School board candidates discuss Common Core, collective bargaining

The four candidates running for three spots on the Columbia School Board answered questions Tuesday at the Columbia NAACP Candidates Forum.

City Council candidates answer questions on development, marijuana, downtown cameras

Candidates for the First Ward seat on the Columbia City Council answered questions Tuesday at the Columbia NAACP Candidate Forum.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Helen Wade discusses student achievement, non-traditional learning environments

School Board candidate Helen Wade wants to emphasize achievement gap evaluation and "manage the district's funds in a careful, student-centered manner."

Columbia School Board candidates discuss teacher pay

Candidates weighed the merits of reversing the 2006 freeze in teachers' salaries against raising the base-pay for all teachers.

John Clark files as write-in for First Ward City Council seat

Long-time ward resident making fourth bid for Columbia City Council.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Joseph Toepke discusses district planning, supporting students

School Board candidate Joseph Toepke said he'd like to see if there is a better way for the district to partner with different organizations to plan more strategically for the next generation of schools. He also discussed his belief that all children are exceptional.

Fourth attorney jumps into race for associate circuit judge

Columbia attorney Michael Whitworth filed for his candidacy four business days before the deadline to enter the race. He will face two public defenders and the partner of a local law firm.

Columbia School Board candidates address education models, school start times

The candidates also discussed evaluating Columbia Public Schools' college and career preparation programs.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Jonathan Sessions discusses budget, bond issues

School Board candidate Jonathan Sessions said he wants to build a budget that maintains current programs and keep promises to the community to stay on course toward continuous improvement.

Columbia School Board candidates discuss Common Core, violence in schools

Candidates said that community support and involvement make the school district stand out, two candidates support extending the school year in future.

SCHOOL BOARD Q&A: Paul Cushing discusses vocational education, alternative schools

School Board candidate Paul Cushing said he supports non-traditional schools and would like to see more vocational training for Columbia students. Cushing is one of four candidates in the April 8 school board election.

First Ward City Council candidates share views over radio

First Ward Columbia City Council candidates received air time on KFRU/1400 AM at the League of Women Voters' candidates forum.

Cedar Ridge would get new school if next month's bond issue is approved

The elementary school's multi-age approach to learning would likely make the move with students and faculty.