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Next April's City Council Elections

October 1, 2021

Dear Constituent:

The filing period for next April's City Council elections will open later this month. Candidates for Mayor, Ward 3 Councilperson, and Ward 4 Councilperson will be on the ballot. After nine years on the City Council, I have decided not to run again.

If you have ideas and enthusiasm for improving the City of Columbia’s policies and programs, I encourage you to consider "throwing your hat in the ring." This is rewarding work and, even though it's far more difficult to change the status quo than preserve it, you can actually make a difference with your vote on City Council!

Economic inequality and climate resiliency are two of our most pressing issues, and I hope the next City Council will be able to address them by advancing some of the following initiatives:

  • Provide Columbia's homeless residents with shelter, services, and dignity
  • Integrate mental health and violence prevention best practices into public safety
  • Expand affordable housing and other basic needs for those working for minimum wage
  • Require new development to pay adequate Public Infrastructure Expansion Fees
  • Stop annexing land and extending sewer service for low-density development
  • Invest in efficient public transportation instead of highway expansion
  • Transition Columbia's electric utility to 100% renewable energy

Feel free to call me on 573-239-7916 if you would like to discuss these policies or the role of a City Councilperson.

Creating Strong Towns with a new approach to transportation and growth

When Chuck Marohn was a newly-minted Professional Engineer, he found himself in a lot of conversations like this one:

Chuck Marohn In reaction to the glaring conflict between his training and what residents actually want, Chuck formed the Strong Towns movement to advocate for a new approach to transportation planning and growth. To learn more about the progressive public policies Columbia needs to become a resilient and equitable community, come and hear Chuck Marohn speak on Weds., October 6th, from 6-8 p.m., at Ragtag Cinema (proof of vaccination or negative COVID test required). The event is free of charge, but seating is limited and you can register here.

And, to share your input on travel and transportation in Columbia, please complete the PedNet Coalition's survey.

Community Conversations Online

I will be holding Constituent Conversations Online from 2-4 p.m. on Sundays, October 3rd and 31st. Here are the video conference/dial-in links:
Zoom Meeting or phone 1-312-626-6799 , Meeting ID: 874-4516-8228.

Cheers, Ian