Bob McDavid has never considered himself a politician, but since his election in 2010, he has come to relish his role as mayor and spokesman for Columbia, those close to him say.
Citizens Involved and Invested in Columbia has endorsed Sid Sullivan for mayor, Karl Skala for Third Ward councilman and Bill Weitkemper for Fourth Ward councilman.
Proposition 1 on the April 2 ballot would generate about $9.3 million a year if passed. Opponents argue the sales tax is unfair to the poor and that plans for how to spend the money are lacking.
Revenue from Proposition 1 would go toward a new dispatch center for the 911 operation to replace the Joint Communications Center. It would also upgrade equipment and add staff.
A three-eighths-cent sales tax on the April 2 ballot would provide millions of dollars to build and staff a new facility.
Candidates for the mayoral, Third Ward and Fourth Ward seats discussed the Columbia Regional Airport, job creation and economic incentives at Thursday's candidates forum.
The forms, filed with the Missouri Ethics Commission, revealed patterns of support heading into the April 2 election.
The tax, which appears as Proposition 1 on the April ballot, would generate more than $9 million a year.
Laura Nauser emerged the victor by 55 votes in a three-way race for the Fifth Ward seat on the Columbia City Council. She will return to the seat she held for six years from 2005 to 2011.
Republicans outraised Democrats with $222,598 compared with $172,960.
Fewer people participated in Tuesday's election both nationwide and in Boone County, which indicates that campaigns have failed to mobilize the electorate.
The county often strayed from larger trends in races across Missouri, showing a more liberal tendency in a state that generally leaned strongly in the other direction.
The majority of voters in Boone and seven other counties and the city of St. Louis approved the measure, but it failed nonetheless.
Maine and Maryland became the first states ever to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. And in Minnesota, voters rejected a proposal to place a ban on gay-marriage in the state constitution, a step taken in past elections in 30 other states.
Richards and her family learned the news at a watch party at The Blue Note on Tuesday night.
Republicans had renewed control of the House within their grasp early Wednesday as the two parties traded gains from the Eastern seaboard to the Southwest.
An exit poll by The Associated Press found that a majority of Missouri voters said U.S. Rep. Todd Akin's comments about rape factored into their vote. Women were slightly more likely to admit to their consideration of the comment when making a voting decision.
On the morning after Election Day, we took a look at mid-Missourians' reactions to statewide ballot proposals, and to other national political issues.
Ron Leone, head of the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association, said the tax increase would cost Missouri its competitive advantage in the cigarette market.
If Obama cannot end gridlock, his second term will be reduced to veto threats, empty promises, end runs around Congress and legacy-sealing forays into foreign lands.