April 2 Municipal Elections http://kbia.org en Centralia voters re-elect Grenke for mayor http://kbia.org/post/centralia-voters-re-elect-grenke-mayor <p></p><p>Three-term incumbent Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke defeated challengers Catherine Simmons and Farris Sanders last night.&nbsp; Grenke says he’s excited about the results and that Centralia citizens chose to keep him in office for another term.</p><div><p>“A three way race is always kind of apprehensive, not knowing which way it’s going to go,” Grenke said.</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 22:44:37 +0000 Erin Dismeier 31465 at http://kbia.org Centralia voters re-elect Grenke for mayor Proposition 1 passage provides relief for Emergency Management http://kbia.org/post/proposition-1-passage-provides-relief-emergency-management <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After months of campaigning, members of the Boone County Office of Emergency Management were finally able to celebrate after Proposition 1 passed with a majority. Supporters filled Bleu Restaurant and Wine Bar all night as the votes came in. The proposition will increase the sales tax in Boone County by 3/8’s of a cent and the money collected will go towards upgrades for 911 emergency communication services. Operations Manager at the Office of Emergency Management Joe Piper was so stunned by the victory he was speechless.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 16:18:59 +0000 Casey Morell & Alexandra Olgin & Megan Schultz 31435 at http://kbia.org Proposition 1 passage provides relief for Emergency Management "Mega high school" ballot measure defeated in Jefferson City http://kbia.org/post/mega-high-school-ballot-measure-defeated-jefferson-city <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Jefferson City residents who opposed a ballot measure for a new so-called “mega high school” are celebrating victory.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:21:58 +0000 Olga Khrustaleva 31432 at http://kbia.org "Mega high school" ballot measure defeated in Jefferson City Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power http://kbia.org/post/voters-limit-columbias-eminent-domain-power <p>Many Columbia property owners are cheering after City of Columbia Proposition One passed yesterday with nearly 70 percent of the vote.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 14:04:39 +0000 Khaliah Henderson 31431 at http://kbia.org Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power McDavid wins second term against a familiar challenger http://kbia.org/post/mcdavid-wins-second-term-against-familiar-challenger <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Mayoral incumbent Bob McDavid defeated challenger Sid Sullivan, winning 61 percent of the vote.</p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 06:07:29 +0000 Lee Jian Chung 31415 at http://kbia.org McDavid wins second term against a familiar challenger Skala reclaims Third Ward seat in repeat battle http://kbia.org/post/skala-reclaims-third-ward-seat-repeat-battle <p>Skala reclaimed the position from incumbent Gary Kespohl with 54% of the votes. This redeems his narrow defeat to Kespohl in 2010, when Skala lost the seat by 54 votes. Kespohl knew that this time it would be close and estimated that he knocked on nearly 5700 doors.</p><p>In his concession speech, Kespohl was brief. “I’m afraid for Columbia now because of some things that Karl is going to try to do. It may drive development completely out of Columbia. I hope it doesn’t, but it may.”</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:55:17 +0000 Megan Schultz & Meredith Turk 31414 at http://kbia.org Skala reclaims Third Ward seat in repeat battle Storify: The Columbia municipal elections through social media http://kbia.org/post/storify-columbia-municipal-elections-through-social-media <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missourians hit the polls April 2 to vote in municipal elections. Local politicians and their supporters set up camp in Columbia eateries that night to watch and wait for the results. &nbsp;</span>KBIA<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;reporters were there and kept up with the candidates on twitter.</span></p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:25:22 +0000 Katie Moritz 31413 at http://kbia.org Storify: The Columbia municipal elections through social media Fourth Ward challenger Ian Thomas narrowly defeats incumbent http://kbia.org/post/fourth-ward-challenger-ian-thomas-narrowly-defeats-incumbent <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Supporters cheered as Fourth Ward City Council challenger Ian Thomas defeated incumbent Daryl Dudley in a tight race. He won by almost 3 percent over his opponent. Bill </span>Weitkemper<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> trailed both candidates all evening, finishing with 7% of the vote.</span></p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:16:10 +0000 Bridgit Bowden & Andrew Yost & Harris Chang 31411 at http://kbia.org Fourth Ward challenger Ian Thomas narrowly defeats incumbent Live blog: April 2 municipal elections http://kbia.org/post/live-blog-april-2-municipal-elections <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Voters&nbsp;today went to the polls to decide municipal elections across the state. &nbsp;KBIA&nbsp;reporters are in the field and following races &nbsp;in Columbia and Jefferson city. &nbsp;Check this live blog regularly to get results and pictures from watch parties.</p><p>Polls are closed, but you can check out our <a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/everything-you-need-know-about-columbias-april-2-election">Columbia voter's guide here.</a> The rest of <a href="http://www.kbia.org/topic/april-2-municipal-elections">our election coverage is here.</a></p><p>The latest numbers for Boone County votes <a href="http://www.showmeboone.com/clerk/">are available here</a>. &nbsp;Cole County voters can <a href="http://www.colecounty.org/clerk/previous_election_results.htm">check on the results here.</a></p><p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 00:06:46 +0000 Scott Pham 31409 at http://kbia.org Live blog: April 2 municipal elections Jefferson City 2nd ward candidates http://kbia.org/post/jefferson-city-2nd-ward-candidates <p></p><p>Jefferson City voters will decide between two candidates running for city council in the Second Ward on April 2nd. Mon, 01 Apr 2013 20:35:43 +0000 Jenn Cooper 31320 at http://kbia.org Bill Luebbert, Carlos Graham compete for Jefferson City's 4th ward seat http://kbia.org/post/bill-luebbert-carlos-graham-compete-jefferson-citys-4th-ward-seat <p></p><p>Incumbent Bill Luebbert and City Council Administrator Carlos Graham are running for office in Jefferson City’s 4th Ward in the upcoming April 2 election.</p><p>Luebbert is up for re-election. He says his main priorities are public safety, commercial development and infrastructure. As a member of the public works committee, the incumbent said he has also utilized his experience in civil service, business and engineering.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:44:02 +0000 Ashleigh Jackson & Batul Hassan 31293 at http://kbia.org School safety funding questions emerge on city ballots http://kbia.org/post/school-safety-funding-questions-emerge-city-ballots <p></p><p>Safety and security on public school grounds has become a prominent issue in several school districts following the recent school shootings in Newtown, Conn. Jefferson City Public Schools, the Hallsville School District, and the Fayette R3 School District are all asking for more tax money to improve school safety.</p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 14:09:35 +0000 Maoling Xiong 31287 at http://kbia.org School safety funding questions emerge on city ballots Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain http://kbia.org/post/columbia-voters-decide-blight-prop-and-citys-use-eminent-domain <p></p> Fri, 29 Mar 2013 14:19:42 +0000 jake godin 31199 at http://kbia.org Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain Three candidates compete in Centralia's mayoral race http://kbia.org/post/three-candidates-compete-centralias-mayoral-race <p></p><p>Tim Grenke has been Centralia’s mayor for two full terms but now faces two challengers in the mayoral race: Ward One Alderman Catherine Simmons and Ward Three Alderman Farris Sanders. Grenke works as a safety specialist in the National Guard. He says he welcomes the challengers.</p><p>“A contested election, I think, is better for politics. Because it-it gets more of the issues out there. And I think that being able to articulate what your concerns are is important.”</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:58:25 +0000 Jake Godin 31125 at http://kbia.org Three candidates compete in Centralia's mayoral race Everything you need to know about Columbia's April 2 election http://kbia.org/post/everything-you-need-know-about-columbias-april-2-election <p><em>Updated: 5:40 4/2/2013</em>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Voters went to the polls today, which close at 7pm. &nbsp;You still have time! &nbsp;Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren says <a href="http://www.kbia.org/post/cole-and-boone-county-clerks-discuss-voter-turnout">that turnout is a little low this spring</a>, mostly due to the fact that we don&#39;t have a school board race to draw out the CPS stakeholders.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">If that doesn&#39;t dissuade you then check our guide below:</span></p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 16:16:17 +0000 Scott Pham 31059 at http://kbia.org Everything you need to know about Columbia's April 2 election Columbia's Fourth Ward council race features familiar faces http://kbia.org/post/columbias-fourth-ward-council-race-features-familiar-faces <p></p><p></p><p>The three candidates vying for Columbia’s fourth ward seat have different priority issues and disagreements on governing and budget spending, but what incumbent Daryl Dudley and challengers Ian Thomas and Bill Weitkemper have in common is the desire to make Columbia better and serve its residents.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 13:28:52 +0000 Janet Saidi 31057 at http://kbia.org Columbia's Fourth Ward council race features familiar faces In Jefferson City, two candidates vie for open 3rd ward seat http://kbia.org/post/jefferson-city-two-candidates-vie-open-3rd-ward-seat <p></p><p></p><p>On April 2nd Jefferson City residents will decide on a new city council member in Ward 3. Two candidates are vying for the open seat that will be left behind by current councilmember Bryan Pope. Pope is not seeking re-election.&nbsp;</p><p>Ken Hussey and Leonard Stella are both vying for the open seat. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:59:00 +0000 bekah rigby 30991 at http://kbia.org In Jefferson City, two candidates vie for open 3rd ward seat As Jefferson City officials propose new high school, some criticize 'mega high' http://kbia.org/post/jefferson-city-officials-propose-new-high-school-some-criticize-mega-high <p></p><p></p><p>On April 2, Jefferson City residents will vote on whether to approve a $79 million bond issue that would fund the construction of a new elementary school and a new high school. But, the proposal for a new high school has drawn opposition from some members of the community.</p><p>Opponents of the bond issue believe Jefferson City students would be ill served in what they call a “mega high school.” While they want a new high school to be built, they think the existing campus should remain open, making the population at each school smaller.</p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:37:28 +0000 Casey Morell 30989 at http://kbia.org As Jefferson City officials propose new high school, some criticize 'mega high' Mayor Bob McDavid asks for an apology for offensive Facebook post http://kbia.org/post/mayor-bob-mcdavid-asks-apology-offensive-facebook-post <p>Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid said he would like the Columbia Police Officers Association to issue a formal apology after an offensive status update was posted on the organization’s Facebook page this week.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The Wednesday Facebook status joked about the police department’s possible acquisition of an armored Mercedes— and about the reaction from the “boys in the hood.”&nbsp; The post has since been taken down.</p> Thu, 21 Mar 2013 20:26:58 +0000 Bridgit Bowden 30790 at http://kbia.org Mayor Bob McDavid asks for an apology for offensive Facebook post Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds http://kbia.org/post/boone-county-130-calls-911-each-month-unanswered-more-60-seconds <p>On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.</p><p>Boone County Presiding Commissioner Dan Atwill said there haven’t been any major changes to the center since 1990s. Currently in Boone County, 130 calls each month take more than 60 seconds to answer, while industry standard dictates that most calls are processed within 15 seconds.</p><p>Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 13:56:15 +0000 Olga Khrustaleva 30710 at http://kbia.org Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case http://kbia.org/post/columbia-mayoral-candidates-make-their-case <p></p><p></p><p>On this week’s Talking Politics, we hear from Columbia’s Mayoral candidates. We’re just two weeks away from the Municipal election on April 2<sup>nd</sup>. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:23:23 +0000 Meredith Turk & Sydney Miller 30678 at http://kbia.org Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case Facing budget shortfall, Jefferson City makes cuts to every department http://kbia.org/post/facing-budget-shortfall-jefferson-city-makes-cuts-every-department <p>In late February, Jefferson City revealed it was facing a nearly $1.7 million dollar budget shortfall. Jefferson City Council members Monday voted unanimously in favor of bill 2012-148 which adjusts the city’s 2012-2013 budget.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 13:29:12 +0000 Evan Townsend 30627 at http://kbia.org Facing budget shortfall, Jefferson City makes cuts to every department