Welcome to Election Alert. Within a week from today, the polls will be open and, depending on your district, you will be able to vote for Columbia mayoral and school board candidates and possibly third or third city council candidates. of the fourth quarter.
This weekly newsletter is meant to keep you up to date and help you feel prepared. In this week’s edition you will find more information on hot topics for forums such as school safety and equal opportunities, energy and waste.
School Board Candidates Forum
A Columbia School Board Candidates Forum held virtually by Faith Voices of Columbia and Worley Street Roundtable, an education advocacy organization, raised safety concerns and sought to address equal opportunity on the stipend Resource.
The forum brought together two candidates for the board of directors: Suzette Waters and Blake Willoughby. Adam Burks and Andrea Lisenby were unable to attend due to prior commitments.
Willoughby identified three safety needs: physical, psychological and emotional. Waters defined safety as a basic essential need and shared his concerns about gun safety in schools, recommending the district provide education on how parents can safely store their guns.
Candidates also expressed apprehension about equal opportunity in resource allocation.
League of Women Voters Forum
Candidates for mayor and city council discussed issues relating to renewable energy and the electricity grid.
The council candidates have spoken out about the lack of progress on an electric expansion project, approved in July 2013 and put on hold by a subsequent council in 2016, and expressed frustration with the project’s obstacles. The project called for a 161-kilovolt line running along Providence Road, Grindstone Parkway, Nifong Boulevard, Vawter School Road and Scott Boulevard, according to previous Missourian reports.
Candidates for mayor were asked if they would commit to 100% renewable energy in Colombia by 2030. Candidates responded with mixed responses.
Barbara Buffaloe committed to 100% renewable energy but stressed the need to have “equitable systems in place” to make this commitment possible. Tanya Heath said that while she could not commit, it was important to research possible avenues for renewable energy before making commitments.
Randy Minchew objected to the commitment, saying he didn’t “see a plan for how it would happen” and said he felt there were bigger issues in infrastructure, in particular with the city’s electrical network. David Seamon is committed to renewable energy as long as it is not implemented “on the backs of the most marginalized”.
On waste, Fourth Ward candidates Erica Pefferman and Nick Foster expressed support for the introduction of rolling carts.
Foster pointed to garbage collection as a symptom of a broader issue of trust in city government, and Pefferman pointed to process issues between city staff and the city council when deciding how. whose garbage collection had to be managed.
For Third Ward candidates, Roy Lovelady said while he’s not opposed to rolling carts, he supports solutions that work. Karl Skala said he remained “agnostic” on the garbage issue and called for a referendum to gauge public interest.
City Council is expected to decide whether to place the referendum on removing the rolling cart ban on the August ballot at its April 4 meeting.
Profiles of mayoral and council candidates
We hope you saw the stories about the Mayor and City Council stories as they rolled out last week. Here are quick links to these stories:
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Watch the Missourian this week for stories about school board candidates.
For more information on the candidates and coverage so far, visit the Columbia Missourian Elections page or click on the links below.
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