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.

Politics
5:44 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Centralia voters re-elect Grenke for mayor

Credit Marjie Kennedy / Flickr

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.

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Politics
11:18 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Proposition 1 passage provides relief for Emergency Management

Supporters of Proposition 1 celebrating victory
Casey Morell KBIA

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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Education
9:21 am
Wed April 3, 2013

"Mega high school" ballot measure defeated in Jefferson City

The Missouri River cuts through Jefferson City and the rest of mid-Missouri.
Missouri Department of Tourism flickr

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

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Politics
9:04 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Voters limit Columbia's eminent domain power

The Columbia City Council approved a measure leading to the eviction of Regency residents.
File Photo KBIA

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

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Politics
1:07 am
Wed April 3, 2013

McDavid wins second term against a familiar challenger

Mayoral incumbent Bob McDavid speaks to press at a watch party at Shiloh’s Bar and Grill in downtown Columbia.
Credit Lee Jian Chung / KBIA

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

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Politics
12:55 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Skala reclaims Third Ward seat in repeat battle

Karl Skala (second from right) talks to supporters while awaiting election results Tuesday night.
Credit Casey Morell / KBIA

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.”

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Politics
12:25 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Storify: The Columbia municipal elections through social media

A screencap from Katie Moritz' storify

  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]

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Politics
12:16 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Fourth Ward challenger Ian Thomas narrowly defeats incumbent

Ian Thomas addresses his supporters after winning the Fourth Ward City Council seat. Thomas, a co-founder of the Ped Net Coalition, has never held public office before.
Bridgit Bowden KBIA

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.

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Politics
7:06 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Live blog: April 2 municipal elections

Credit File photo / KBIA

  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.

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Politics
3:35 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Jefferson City 2nd ward candidates

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

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Politics
9:44 am
Mon April 1, 2013

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

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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Education
9:09 am
Mon April 1, 2013

School safety funding questions emerge on city ballots

Students get out of school at Thorne Elementary School in Jefferson City Public Schools at 3:30 p.m. on March 21, 2013.
Maoling Xiong KBIA

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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Politics
9:19 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Columbia voters to decide on "blight" prop and the city's use of eminent domain

Columbia Sixth Ward Councilmember Barbara Hoppe supports Proposition One, a measure on the April 2nd ballot. The measure would affect the city's use of eminent domain.
KBIA

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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Politics
8:58 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Three candidates compete in Centralia's mayoral race

Credit File Photo / KBIA

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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Politics
11:16 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Everything you need to know about Columbia's April 2 election

Columbia votes on April 2, 2013
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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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Politics
8:28 am
Wed March 27, 2013

Columbia's Fourth Ward council race features familiar faces

Credit File Photo / KBIA

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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Politics
8:59 am
Tue March 26, 2013

In Jefferson City, two candidates vie for open 3rd ward seat

Credit KBIA

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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Politics
8:37 am
Tue March 26, 2013

As Jefferson City officials propose new high school, some criticize 'mega high'

Credit Jefferson City High School / Jefferson City Public Schools

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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Politics
3:26 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Mayor Bob McDavid asks for an apology for offensive Facebook post

Credit KBIA

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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Politics
8:56 am
Wed March 20, 2013

Boone County: 130 calls to 911 each month unanswered for more than 60 seconds

Justin Brockie Flickr

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.

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Talking Politics
4:23 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Columbia Mayoral candidates make their case

Columbia Mayor Bob McDavid (left) and challenger Sid Sullivan
Credit KBIA file photo and sidsullivan.com

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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Politics
8:29 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Facing budget shortfall, Jefferson City makes cuts to every department

Jefferson City Mayor Eric Struemph looks over the agenda of the Jefferson City Council meeting Monday evening at the John G. Christy Municipal Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
Evan Townsend KBIA

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.

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