April 2021 Election Review
Pachyderms and friends,
At our March meeting, it was requested I email out the information we went over regarding the local elections scheduled for April 6.
Below are my notes plus a couple other insights for the races in Columbia and select others in Boone County. These are my thoughts/endorsements only.
These endorsements ARE NOT from the Pachyderm Clubs or the GOP Central Committee.
Why vote in these elections?
Local/municipal elections determine your local leaders. These local leaders decide your local tax rates, your local responses to health crises, your child’s or grandchild’s public education leaders, your trash pickup service options and more.
Your city councils/board of aldermen, your boards of education and other local leaders affect you and your family’s daily lives much more than state or national leaders. This is clearly evidenced by the COVID-19 health orders that have been in place for some time in Boone County and the recent trash and recycling pickup experiences of many in Columbia.
Election is Tuesday, April 6
For 45th State Legislative District (central and northern Columbia)
David Tyson Smith (Democrat)
Glenn Nielsen (Libertarian); would focus on criminal justice reform, the economy, and a strong defense of the Second Amendment, if elected.
District Map; this is a special election due to the resignation of Kip Kendrick
For Columbia School Board (vote for up to 2)
Teresa Rouse Maledy – current Board member
Lucas (Luke) Neal – wanted kids in-seat from start of campaign
Aron Saylor – wanted kids in-seat from start of campaign; supports recall of school board members
Katherine Sasser – endorsed by CMNEA (teacher’s union)
Jeanne Snodgrass – endorsed by CMNEA (teacher’s union)
For Columbia City Council Second Ward
Bill Weitkemper – former city employee; wants free public transit for all residents; completely approved of city and county’s COVID-19 responses
Jim Meyer – endorsed by Columbia Board of Realtors and Columbia Police Officer’s Association; will restore proper limits to the scope of city government activity and to the application of its power
Andrea Waner – insider’s choice because of donations from Mayor’s spouse, family of council members, council member Ian Thomas and Northern District Commissioner Janet Thompson; quoted as saying “every level of government is needed to make a difference in climate change fight.”; wants to see if current trash pickup program will be a success before making any changes.
For Columbia City Council Sixth Ward
Betsy Peters – incumbent; wants to keep status quo on trash pickup with Columbia in charge of trash pickup; no to private company solution
Randy Minchew – endorsed by Columbia Board of Realtors; Columbia Professional Firefighters Local 1055; Columbia Police Officers Association
Philip Merriman – small business owner; not taking donations
Around Boone County (selected races of note)
Loren Plank spoke to the Boone County Pachyderm Club in March. He is running for Ward One Board of Alderman in Ashland. Please vote for him in his race.
Stephanie Bell is running unopposed in Ward Two. Stephanie just started as a co-host on The Eagle 93.9’s “Wake Up Columbia”.
Tim Grenke, a member of the Boone County Republican Central Committee, is running for Mayor. Please vote for him in his race.
Richard Hicks is running unopposed for Alderman Ward Two. He is a member of the Central Committee.
Boone County Fire Protection District
Bond issue of $6,000,000 for acquiring property, updating existing fire stations; building a new station; acquiring fire trucks and other apparatus.
Vote Yes or No on this bond issue proposal.