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McDavid elected mayor


n Kespohl and Dudley n $120 million bond n Downtown cameras
win City Council seats issue approved for schools approved, see page 6A
Mayor: In easy
victory, McDavid
wins six-person
mayoral race
By Kathleen Pointer
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com
Physician Bob McDavid will
be the next mayor of Colum-
bia after cruising to a rela-
tively easy victory in a six-
way race to replace five-term
incumbent Darwin Hindman,
who did not seek re-election.
McDavid — who enjoyed the
endorsement of the Columbia
Chamber of Commerce, the
support of Columbia firefight-
ers and police officers and
an unprecedented campaign
treasury that he reported last
week was around $56,000 —
got 54.2 percent of the vote.
Tuesday night, McDavid
was sur-
OUR rounded
by exuber-
DECISION ant sup-
2010 porters at
Shiloh Bar
and Grill
when the results came in. The
campaign tallied the results
of the mayor’s race and Prop-
osition 1 on a large tablet.
“I felt kind of peaceful
going into tonight,” McDavid
said. “We worked hard, ran
a good campaign and a posi-
tive campaign. I was at peace
knowing we did everything
we could do.”
McDavid won the six-person
mayoral election with 9,935
votes, or 54 percent. He was
followed by Jerry Wade with
5,187 votes, Sid Sullivan with
2,222 votes, Paul Love with ERIN SCHWARTZ/Missourian
454 votes, Sal Nuccio with 360 Mayor-elect Bob McDavid celebrates his win with his daughter Kim Schmidt, son Scott McDavid, wife Suzanne and members of the Columbia Fire
votes and Sean O’Day with Department on stage at Shiloh Bar and Grill on Tuesday evening. McDavid won the mayor’s seat with 54 percent of the vote.
Please see mayor, page 6A

Wards: Chamber BOND: $120 million OK’d to add


of Commerce ELECTION high school, renovate schools
favorites win
RESULTS By Kourtney Geers
MAYOR More online
council seats P Bob McDavid 54% 9,935
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com
Voters overwhelmingly
Columbia voters explain why
By Anne Christnovich Jerry Wade 28% 5,187 responded to Columbia Pub-
and Patrick Sweet Sid Sullivan 12% 2,222 lic Schools’ call for improved they went to the polls and what
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Paul Love 2% 454 facilities and two new schools, issues they care about the most.
Sal Nuccio 2% 360 approving a $120 million bond Go to ColumbiaMissourian.com.
The two ward candidates
Sean O’Day 1% 173 issue by 77 percent.
backed by the Columbia
Chamber of Commerce won “I feel elated and sup- “I think the public has more
THIRD WARD ported by the community,” confidence in us, and that’s
their bids for seats on the P Gary Kespohl 51% 1,259
Columbia City Council. Gary said Superintendent Chris why the bond issue is passing
Karl Skala 49% 1,205 Belcher, who was at Columbia by such a high percentage,”
Kespohl knocked incumbent
Karl Skala out of the Third FOURTH WARD School Board President Jan said Whitt, who has served as
Ward seat while Daryl Dud- WILLIAM LOUNSBURY/Missourian
Mees’ victory party at Jack’s a one-year appointee.
P Daryl Dudley 36% 1,831
Gourmet Restaurant. “I feel
ley emerged from a field of The vote was 17,252 to 5,086
Forest “Red” Leighton, right, congratulates Gary Kespohl Tracy Greever-Rice 35% 1,772
a good deal of responsibility in favor of the bond issue,
four to win the Fourth Ward after his victory in the Third Ward City Council race. Sarah Read 26% 1,326
seat vacated by mayoral can- to deliver our product in an which will be used to finance
Rick Buford 3% 138
didate Jerry Wade. efficient manner, and I think construction, renovations and
1,259 votes to Skala’s 1,205. SCHOOL BOND ISSUE our Board of Education will technology improvements. A
Third Ward Like the last time the two
faced off for the ward seat,
More online P Yes 77% 17,252 do that.” 57 percent, or four-sevenths,
Kespohl, who gathered with No 23% 5,086 Celebrating his election majority was needed to pass.
about 30 supporters at Jack’s the race was decided by To see a precinct-by-precinct to his first three-year term, This new bond issue com-
Gourmet Restaurant on Tues- fewer than 100 votes. Kespohl voting breakdown and an elec- James Whitt said he thinks bines two that had been con-
MORE RESULTS, 6A
day night, won the 2010 ver- lost that round by 63 votes in tion day photo slideshow, go to that in the past year, the ceived for 2011 and 2013 as
sion of a squeaker between 2007. ColumbiaMissourian.com. board has improved commu- part of a three-phase plan
him and Skala. Kespohl won nications with the public.
Please see wards, page 6A Please see bond, page 6A

Theater group assesses loss, future Craigslist founder:


By Chelsea McGartland
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com
As they planned how to
investigators would be able to
determine a cause.
Board members met Tues-
Share your memories Serve the community
move forward, the devotees day evening to discuss the To share your memories of the Maplewood Barn Community By Bryan Richardson Silverware clicked con-
of Maplewood Barn Commu- future of the program and Theatre, go to ColumbiaMissourian.com.
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com stantly against hundreds of
nity Theatre seemed as resil- said they were determined to Craigslist founder Craig plates during the luncheon at
ient Tuesday as their recent- continue the program with as Newmark had an overall the Holiday Inn Select-Exec-
ly built stage. Apart from a much normalcy as possible. toric Places. A few blackened Lace,” when director Jim Yel- message on Tuesday for utive Center, creating steady
large black soot stain and a Tuesday morning, the fire timbers remained defiantly ton said the barn was burn- Columbia’s journalists and background noise for the key-
few holes, the Mark Durrant scene smelled like a soggy upright as passers-by slowed ing. He and the rest of the businesspeople: serve your note speaker. He spoke for
Memorial Stage was struc- campfire and was a tangled in their cars to get a look at actors rushed to the scene. community. about 20 minutes on the his-
turally sound and all that mess of fallen roof, burned what remained of the theater He returned to the site early “We (Craigslist) think of tory and business approach
remained after the fire. stage sets, props and power in Nifong Park. Tuesday while firefighters ourselves as something that of Craigslist, a Web site for
“It’s being considered a tools. A few scraps of color- Board member Charlie were still putting out the last helps a lot of people,” New- free, local classified adver-
total loss,” Capt. Eric Hart- ful costumes poked through Wilkerson was in Lee Hills embers of the fire. mark said at the Columbia tisements. Since its found-
man of the Columbia Fire the ashes of the barn, which Hall at MU on Monday night “It’s a double loss,” Wilker- Chamber of Commerce’s ing in 1995, it has grown to
Department said. He said it was built in 1877 and was on rehearsing for the season’s son said. “It’s a historical loss Business Showcase on Tues- more than 700 local sites in
could be several days before the National Registry of His- first show, “Arsenic and Old Please see Theater, page 8A day. Please see craig, page 8A

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OURDECISION2010
Sessions, Mees, Whitt will take Downtown
seats on Columbia School Board cameras OK’d
By Alix Wiggins School Board By Ashley Reinsch
and Kelly Brdicka member-elect
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com Jonathan
and Victoria Guida
news@ColumbiaMissourian.com
PROPOSITIONS
Jonathan Sessions, a new- Sessions, Ten months after he was
comer to the Columbia School
1: DOWNTOWN CAMERAS
right, speaks assaulted in a downtown P Yes 59% 11,093
Board, secured a one-year Columbia parking garage,
with Lynn No 41% 7,745
term, after he started last- Adam Taylor repeated final
minute campaigning at 5 a.m. Parshal,
left, and election numbers into the 2-6: CITY CHARTER
Tuesday. By the time he was microphone as the crowd AMENDMENTS
declared a winner to about 35 his mother,
Sharon around him cheered. P All these passed. Read
people at his watch party at Proposition 1, which autho- more about them at
Uprise Bakery, he said he was Sessions, ColumbiaMissourian.com
rizes placement of four securi-
exhausted. at a victory ty cameras downtown, passed
Sessions got 11,597 votes, celebration with 59 percent of the vote
versus 7,570 cast for MU Law Fighters for McDavid” T-shirts,
at Uprise Tuesday. were pleased at the news. The
School professor Phil Peters. Bakery. Camera proponents packed
Sessions, a Columbia native organization endorsed Propo-
JOEL KOWSKY Shiloh Bar & Grill along with sition 1 earlier this year.
and Hickman High School Missourian
Bob McDavid, the only mayor-
graduate, owns a technology “We’re all for anything that
al candidate who supported the puts more tools in the hands of
consulting company in town. proposition. The audience cel-
He plans to incorporate more public safety,” said Brad Fraiz-
ebrated as the results showed er, president of the group.
technology education in the McDavid, Gary Kespohl and
classroom and improve student Tin Can Tavern and Grille
Daryl Dudley won their respec- fell silent as the organization
achievement. After the results tive races; all three were in
were announced, including Keep Columbia Free and oth-
favor of Proposition 1. ers opposing the proposition
voter approval of a $120 mil- “This is so exciting,” said
lion bond issue, he said his saw the results.
Karen Taylor, Adam Taylor’s “I don’t feel good about it,
first priority was to help devel- mother. Her petition put the
op a new high school. but it was close enough,” said
proposition on the ballot. “The Mark Flakne, secretary for
“I’m ready to jump right in,” public was allowed to have
Sessions said. Keep Columbia Free. “Keep
a choice and speak on this Columbia Free is not going to
Incumbent board members issue.”
Jan Mees and James Whitt won go away, and we’re going to
Karen Taylor founded the
the two three-year term seats SCHOOL BOARD organization Keep Colum-
continue to fight.”
The proposition will now go
with 15,719 and 9,976 votes, bia Safe after seven people
respectively, over Dan Holt, 1-YEAR SEAT before the City Council, which
P Jonathan Sessions 61% 11,597
attacked her son in June. A will decide how much money
who received 7,297 votes. security camera caught the
Mees, current board presi- Phil Peters 39% 7,570 to allot, if any, to the cam-
crime on tape, leading to the eras. Flakne said the next step
dent and a media specialist arrests of five of the people
retired from the district, has 3-YEAR SEATS for Keep Columbia Free will
responsible. be to lobby to the council to
served since 2007. Whitt, a P Jan Mees 48% 15,719 “We still have another trial
former General Electric exec- not fund the cameras. He said
P James Whitt 30% 9,976 left,” Karen Taylor said. “It’s there were still a lot of people
utive who runs cPhase Sports Dan Holt 22% 7,297 much more fun doing this
Association, was appointed who voted against it.
than going to trial.” Adam Taylor said Keep
after Rosie Tippin resigned in Members of Columbia Pro-
May 2009. Columbia Safe will regroup
“I’ll still be active on the fessional Firefighters, who and fight for other public safe-
“I’m so grateful to the vot- stood out in their yellow “Fire
sidelines,” Holt said. “You ty issues it deems important.
ers for the confidence in me
don’t have to be in the big seat
to continue working with our
WILLIAM LOUNSBURY/Missourian to influence the game.”
community and their kids,”
Mees said. Jan Mees, the top vote-getter for School Board, listens to Peters, who was also running
Eliot Battle, the first black Eliot Battle at Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant. for the one-year seat, compli-
teacher to work at an inte- mented Sessions on his cam-
grated Columbia school, was James Whitt paign but said he is disappoint-
among the several dozen peo- celebrates ed he doesn’t get to be part of
ple at Mees’ watch party at his victory the board’s future work. “I’m
Jack’s Gourmet Restaurant and with his optimistic the board is aware Fourth Ward
congratulated her on her re- wife, that they need to roll up their winner Daryl
election. She said her primary Annelle, sleeves,” he said. Dudley talks
goal now is to close academic at Boone Now, the advocate for better with Pat
achievement gaps among stu- Tavern. early childhood education said Wilson at
dents of different races and COLLEEN he plans to “continue working Rio Grande
household income levels. LEFHOLZ hard to help at-risk kids.” Mexican
Battle also visited Whitt’s Missourian
“I want to help, but I’ll have Restaurant.
party at Boone Tavern. Whitt to do it through ways outside COLLEEN
shares Mees’ goal and also the system instead of inside the LEFHOLZ
wants to ensure students and ing him, then said, joking, consultant, said he is going

Wards: Dudley’s
system,” Peters said. “That’s
teachers have adequate build- “And tomorrow, I’m going to to take his time thinking over the fork in the road for me.”
ings and facilities. Disneyland.” his plans. He will observe the
Missourian reporters April
At his watch party of about After two back-to-back current board’s responses to Choi, Doug Davis and Jonathan
20 people, he thanked every- School Board races, Dan Holt, upcoming issues before he Hinderliter contributed to this

win stuns rival


one for coming and support- a former educational finance considers running again. article.

Mayor: Wade says he’ll remain active


CONTINUED from page 1A and Fourth ward races, he commissioner seat. In the cam- hangout, as the results came
CONTINUED from page 1A
This year, Kespohl attacked
manager of a Hy-Vee gas sta-
tion garnered 1,831 votes to
slip by Tracy Greever-Rice
Skala, saying his votes had
173 votes. said, “we have a different set paign for mayor, he focused on in. Sal Nuccio was working at cost the city jobs, that his with 1,772 votes, Read with
During the campaign, of dynamics on the council.” strengthening neighborhoods his bar, Eastside Tavern, on travel expenses were exorbi- 1,326 votes and Rick Buford
McDavid emphasized his 12 “We have a community that and bringing retirees to town Tuesday night. He attended no tant and that his vote in favor with 138 votes.
years on the Boone Hospital is highly divided and frag- to bolster economic activity. campaign forums. of urban hens was misguided. Dudley, who has no expe-
Center board of trustees. He mented, and I do not see any- “We were up against a lot McDavid will accept the Kespohl, though visibly sur- rience in city government,
has chaired the board since thing in this election which of money,” said Arthur Nunn, mayor’s gavel from Hindman prised, was obviously pleased decided to run after custom-
2007 but said he would step carries much hope of begin- Sullivan’s campaign manager. after being sworn in Monday with the outcome. ers at his work complained
down if elected mayor. ning to bring the community “I think we did a pretty good night. His platform focused on “I can’t even talk,” Kespohl about road conditions. He
Across town at the House together,” he said. “That, to job based on that.” public safety, increasing eco- said as longtime friend Red campaigned on a platform of
of Chow, the mood at Wade’s me, may be the saddest out- The Boone County Smart nomic activity and preserving Leighton ran to embrace him. public safety and job growth.
watch party changed dramati- come of the election.” Growth Coalition also neighborhoods. McDavid was “I couldn’t believe I came His bid got a big boost when
cally as the final results came Wade’s platform centered on endorsed Sullivan, who said the only mayoral candidate back and won it,” he said later. the chamber endorsed him.
in. After all precincts reported, creating jobs and implement- he is unsure whether he’ll run to strongly endorse downtown And during his victory speech, “Police, fire and streets are
what had been an upbeat crowd ing more technical training. for office again. cameras. he told those gathered, “I the first on my agenda,” Dud-
fell to murmurs about the new The Columbia Black Round- “Other candidates raised At candidate debates and pledge to do my best to bring ley said. “We need more police
make-up of the council. table, the Boone County the fear issue of crime, and forums, McDavid repeatedly common-sense representation officers. The police chief
“The votes are in pretty Smart Growth Coalition and people vote fear,” Sullivan said Columbia’s mayor must to the Third Ward.” needs all the help he can get.”
direct proportion to the the Osage Group of the Sierra said. “They were successful be a salesperson for the city. About 40 people gathered Greever-Rice, vice chair-
amount of money spent. That, Club endorsed him. with that. They spent a lot of “I feel a sense of obligation at the Pasta Factory to sup- woman on the Columbia
to me, says something,” said Wade said he plans to remain money on that.” and responsibility going out to port Skala. A shocked hush Visioning Commission, cam-
Wade, who served 12 years active as a private citizen. Candidate Sean O’Day was represent Columbia,” McDavid fell over friends and family paigned on a platform that
on the Columbia Planning and Sullivan is no stranger to among the Sullivan support- said Tuesday night. “Colum- as the last precinct’s results called for creating jobs, devel-
Zoning Commission. elections. Before running for ers gathered at Broadway bia’s a great town, and it’s going were posted. oping the city’s work force,
Wade gave up his Fourth mayor, he sought the 24th Brewery on Tuesday night. On to become a greater town.” “What are you acting so sad and improving infrastructure,
Ward seat on the City Council District seat in the Missouri March 30, O’Day endorsed Sul- Missourian reporters Chris Canipe about?” Skala said as his wife, public safety and government
to run for mayor. Given his loss House of Representatives and livan. Paul Love was at McNal- and Ryan Martin contributed Mahree Skala, hugged him. transparency.
and the victors in the Third the southern Boone County ly’s, his normal Tuesday night to this report. “I’m going fishing.” Greever-Rice, who held a
Skala didn’t stray during lead as the results came in

Bond: Money to fund new schools, upgrades


this campaign from positions most of the night, was shocked
he pushed as a council mem- by the final tally. So were her
ber. He believes that develop- friends and supporters at Tell-
ers should contribute more to er’s Gallery and Bar.
CONTINUED from page 1A dow replacement, mortar “I am encouraged and “I don’t want it,” Kingery the cost of new infrastructure “Now we know how much
recommended several years repairs and interior renova- relieved that the communi- said after voting. “They’re and that the city should ensure it costs to buy an election in
ago to ease crowding, make tions (ceilings, flooring, elec- ty still wants to support our spending too much money that infrastructure remains ahead Columbia,” Greever-Rice said.
needed repairs and cut down trical, plumbing and heating) great public school system,” they don’t have. When you of development. Guests at her party expressed
on the use of trailers. Part one, at 17 schools. Kim Weber, president of spend money you don’t have, Kespohl, meanwhile, dismay that all the candidates
n  Air conditioning: $14.8 mil- Columbia Council PTA, said taxes are going to go up. I was endorsed by the chamber won
for $60 million, was approved focused his campaign on cre-
in 2007. Last year, interim lion to air-condition schools still Tuesday evening. “We are in brought up that if you don’t ating jobs and quickly promot- their respective races.
Superintendent Jim Ritter without air conditioning and tough times, but we have to have it, you don’t spend it.” ing growth and development to Read, an attorney and co-
recommended the single $120 replace boilers at 10 buildings. support the school district by Belcher has said that the spur economic activity and, in owner of The Communications
n  Technology: $7.5 million for making tough choices.” money to operate the new Center who specializes in
million bond issue, in part to turn, city revenue. He told the
get the new high school fully computers for classrooms and Current enrollment in the buildings for at least a couple Missourian that fast develop- mediation, called for a broad
open earlier. labs and network infrastructure district is 17,419 students, and of years would come from the ment is more important than spectrum of public input as the
The $120 million will be improvements at 21 schools. another 1,000 are projected to district’s reserves, which have planned development. city moves ahead with growth
n  Interest and fees: $8.2 enroll over the next five years. been deliberately grown in management planning. And
combined with $18 million
remaining from the 2007 bond million for costs associated “Don’t you think we need anticipation of new facilities. Fourth Ward Buford, a data analyst for Car-
issue to create a $138 mil- with bond funding. (the bond issue)? Columbia is Belcher’s schedule since Dudley held his watch party Fax, ran on a platform of fiscal
lion plan. The money is broken Belcher said earlier that con- growing, and we’re crowded January has included more at Rio Grande Mexican Res- scrutiny focusing on essential
down in this way: struction on the high school, as it is,” retired teacher Don than 80 appearances on behalf taurant but was next door at services such as police and
n  Construction: $97.5 mil- which will be located in the Sewell said early Tuesday of the bond issue. fellow candidate Sarah Read’s fire protection.
lion to build a high school, northeast part of the district after voting at Free Will Bap- “It’s good for the economy party at Shakespeare’s West The new council members,
elementary school and addi- off St. Charles Road, is sched- tist Church. “Kids are control- and it’s a strong economic when the final votes came in. as well as Mayor-elect Bob
tional gyms/physical educa- uled to begin June 1, and other ling the classrooms.” driver, which I think is need- Dudley, looking over Read McDavid, will be sworn in on
tion space at Hickman and projects such as air condition- The bond issue passed amid ed,” he said a few weeks ago. campaign manager Dave Monday night.
Rock Bridge high schools. ing, roofing and technology concerns from voters such “But more importantly, it is Overfelt’s shoulder, wore a Missourian reporters Alison
n  Building improvements: will begin on a varied basis as Gene Kingery, who is also good for the students and the blank, serious expression Gammon and Kerri Reynolds
$10 million for roofing, win- per building need. retired. educational program.” when the news struck. The contributed to this report.

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