The municipal election will take place on April 5, in just four weeks. Ahead of the election, we’ll send out this email once a week to share the latest coverage of candidates and voting issues. In this week’s edition, you’ll find details about what’s on the ballot.
What’s on the ballot
The April 5 election includes races for the third and fourth city council wards, mayor of Columbia and two seats on the Columbia School Board. The ballot will also pose a proposal and a question.
There are five candidates in the mayoral race: Randy Minchew, David Seamon, Barbara Buffaloe, Tanya Heath and Maria Oropallo. Mayor Brian Treece is not running for election.
In the race for city council, there are two candidates in each ward. In the Third Ward, Karl Skala is up for re-election against challenger Roy Lovelady. In the fourth ward, Erica Pefferman and Nick Foster are each seeking their first term on city council.
There are two seats to be filled on the Columbia School Board. Blake Willoughby is running for incumbent, while Suzette Waters, Andrea Lisenby and Adam Matthew Burks are seeking their first term.
Voters will also be asked to vote on a local use tax. The proposed tax, if approved by voters, would take effect in January 2023 under legislation passed by the legislature last spring. It would charge a 2% rate on goods purchased online and shipped to Columbia residents. By mimicking the rate of local sales tax charged at physical Columbia stores, the new tax would be raised or lowered along with any future local tax adjustments, Councilwoman Nancy Thompson said.
Columbia Public Schools has a bond issue on the ballot. If approved, the $80 million bond plan would fund two new elementary schools and improvements to existing ones. This should not increase the current debt service tax for the district.
You can check your voter registration and view a sample ballot from the Boone County Clerk’s Office on the website.
Coverage to come
Prior to the election, the Missourian will publish articles about the candidates and election issues.
The Missourian will co-host two public forums with KOMU 8 News and Vidwest Studios. Plan to tune in to the live stream on our website at 7 p.m. on March 15 for the Mayors’ Forum and at 7 p.m. on March 17 for the City Council Forum.
For more information on the candidates’ positions on policy issues, such as policing disparities, public safety and climate policy, visit the Columbia Missourian Elections page or click on the links provided below.
If you have any questions regarding candidates, issues, or election information, feel free to submit them to our FAQ section. We will answer your questions in future issues.
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