Fourth Ward City Councilman Ian Thomas announced Sunday that he plans to run for re-election to the Columbia City Council.

Thomas will run for his third term as a councilman, according to a news release from his office. He was first elected in 2013 and was re-elected in 2016. The election is in April. 

Richard King will serve as campaign treasurer for Thomas for the third time, according to the release.

“(Thomas) has a strong focus on social justice, and his policy priorities balance quality public services, private sector entrepreneurism and ensuring city resources are used efficiently,” King said in the release. 

In his new policy platform, Thomas said there are three pillars of his political plan: planning for growth, equity in all policies and constituent engagement.

The political topics he will focus on include the cost of infrastructure, community-oriented policing, public transportation funding and effective communication with constituents, according to the campaign plan.

“One of the main reasons the city is struggling financially is because new housing does not pay its fair share for public infrastructure,” Thomas said in the release. “That’s an equity issue which needs to be addressed.”

Thomas has advocated for the Columbia Police Department's adoption of a department-wide community policing policy. He also introduced Columbia's Vision Zero policy to the city, which aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries by 2030. 

Supervising editor is Claire Mitzel.

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