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Ruffin Wins First Ward City Council Seat, While Strong Campaigners Trail Behind

Apr 7, 2015
University of Missouri Department of Theatre

  Clyde Ruffin won the vacant First Ward Columbia City Council seat by a margin of 100 votes with 327 total votes. The race was highly contested with nine candidates running for the position.

Ruffin said there’s work to be done before he is sworn in on Monday, April 13.

He said his top priority once he’s sworn in is to prepare for his role on the city council.

Emerald O'Brien / KBIA

Dan Rader spent the final 12 hours of campaign time trying to get his name out, although in a less than conventional manner. Rader is running for Columbia’s First Ward City council seat against six other candidates, and he used bright blue shirts, buses touting signs and a man in a gorilla suit with a megaphone to set himself apart.

He and his campaign seemed focused on MU’s campus, and specifically Greektown.

Business Beat: A conversation with Columbia business owner and city council candidate Sal Nuccio

Mar 25, 2015
Courtesy of Sal Nuccio

On April 7, Columbia will see a competitive city council race, with nine candidates running for the First Ward seat alone. One candidate in particular has a unique pulse on the community. Sal Nuccio has owned Eastside Tavern on West Broadway for the past seventeen years. Now he’s making his second run for local office, after running for mayor in 2010. Nuccio spoke with KBIA’s Emerald O’Brien on his perspectives on the community from behind the bar.     

Questions were more focused and answers were more coherent at the second forum for First Ward City Council candidates last night. The forum was split into two parts, one for questions about development in the First Ward and one for questions about infrastructure. The questions went deeper and the audience held the candidates to their answers more than in the first forum, which was completely audience driven and was open to any topic.

Ginny Chadwick sworn in as First Ward representative

Apr 15, 2014
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Jack Howard / KBIA

  Ginny Chadwick was sworn in Monday as the new First Ward representative to the Columbia City Council. Although, last night was a time to celebrate, today, her first day on the job, has been very busy.

Missouri Capitol
Kristofor Husted / KBIA

 This week on Talking Politics, there are three candidates running for the First Ward Columbia City Council seat. Bill Easley, Ginny Chadwick and Tyree Byndom will be on the April 8 ballot.

Also on the show, a freshman state representative from St. Louis County wants to make the high five the official greeting of Missouri.