Three-term incumbent Centralia Mayor Tim Grenke defeated challengers Catherine Simmons and Farris Sanders last night. Grenke says he’s excited about the results and that Centralia citizens chose to keep him in office for another term.
“A three way race is always kind of apprehensive, not knowing which way it’s going to go,” Grenke said.
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.
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.
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.”
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. KBIA reporters were there and kept up with the candidates on twitter.
By Bridgit Bowden and Andrew Yost and Harris Chang
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 Weitkemper trailed both candidates all evening, finishing with 7% of the vote.
Voters today went to the polls to decide municipal elections across the state. KBIA reporters are in the field and following races in Columbia and Jefferson city. Check this live blog regularly to get results and pictures from watch parties.