The seven candidates for seats on the Columbia City Council sat down with Missourian reporters to answer nine standardized questions on city government issues. Their verbatim responses are publishing at columbiamissourian.com and in the print Missourian. Use the links below to hear audio recordings of those interviews.
What is your view of existing zoning and development regulations downtown and whether the city should embark on an effort to revise them?
What is your view of whether and how the city should use tax incentives in its attempts to lure new business and industry to town?
What do you believe should be the city’s next steps, if any, to improve service and facilities at Columbia Regional Airport?
City officials continue striving to find ways to improve Columbia Transit and to make the service more financially viable. What are your specific ideas for how it can accomplish those goals?
What do you believe are the city’s greatest street, sidewalk and trail needs?
Enrollment at MU has been steadily growing. What are the greatest impacts of that growth, and what can the city do to adapt to and capitalize on it?
What changes, if any, do you believe are necessary within the Columbia Police Department, and how would you work to achieve them?
Overall crime decreased in Columbia from 2011 to 2012. Please discuss your views of crime in the city and on what fronts police need to focus their efforts?
For ward candidates: What ward-specific issues would you make a priority if you are elected to the council?
For mayoral candidates: What other issues do you believe you should be a priority for the City Council over the next three years?