April 2 Municipal Elections

KBIA is covering the municipal elections for Columbia, Jefferson city and the surrounding area. 

See our voter's guide to the Columbia elections for more.

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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.

Proposition 1 passage provides relief for Emergency Management

Apr 3, 2013
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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.

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Jefferson City residents who opposed a ballot measure for a new so-called “mega high school” are celebrating victory. 

Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power

Apr 3, 2013
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Many Columbia property owners are cheering after City of Columbia Proposition One passed yesterday with nearly 70 percent of the vote. 

McDavid wins second term against a familiar challenger

Apr 3, 2013
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  Mayoral incumbent Bob McDavid defeated challenger Sid Sullivan, winning 61 percent of the vote.

Skala reclaims Third Ward seat in repeat battle

Apr 3, 2013
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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.

[View the story "Supporters keep the faith at Columbia election watch parties" on Storify]

Fourth Ward challenger Ian Thomas narrowly defeats incumbent

Apr 3, 2013
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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.

Live blog: April 2 municipal elections

Apr 2, 2013
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  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.

Polls are closed, but you can check out our Columbia voter's guide here. The rest of our election coverage is here.

The latest numbers for Boone County votes are available here.  Cole County voters can check on the results here.

Jefferson City 2nd ward candidates

Apr 1, 2013

Jefferson City voters will decide between two candidates running for city council in the Second Ward on April 2nd.

Bill Luebbert, Carlos Graham compete for Jefferson City's 4th ward seat

Apr 1, 2013

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.

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.

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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.

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If approved, Proposition One would limit the city of Columbia’s ability to designate property as blighted for the purposes of acquiring it with eminent domain. It would also prevent eminent domain from being used to transfer the ownership of property from one private owner to another. Sixth Ward Councilmember Barbara Hoppe proposed the bill. She says that it will help sooth concerns about how the blight designation and eminent domain are used. “Well I think there’s just a general public concern about the overuse and misuse of eminent domaink," she says, "particularly after the Kelo vs.

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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.

“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.”

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Updated: 5:40 4/2/2013  

Voters went to the polls today, which close at 7pm.  You still have time!  Boone County Clerk Wendy Noren says that turnout is a little low this spring, mostly due to the fact that we don't have a school board race to draw out the CPS stakeholders. 

If that doesn't dissuade you then check our guide below:

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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.

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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. 

Ken Hussey and Leonard Stella are both vying for the open seat.  

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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.

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.

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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.  

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.”  The post has since been taken down.

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On April 2, Boone County residents vote on whether the county should increase its sales tax to fund improvements to its 911 dispatch center.

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.

Columbia City Manager Mike Matthes said the joint communications and 911 dispatch center needs to keep up with Boone County’s growing population.

Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case

Mar 19, 2013
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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 2nd. Republican Mayor Bob McDavid is running for re-election, and is being challenged by Sid Sullivan.

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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.