A few newcomers will move into top Columbia political seats, after Tuesday’s municipal election.
Katherine Sasser and Jeanne Snodgrass were elected to the school board. Luke Neal finished third, incumbent Teresa Maledy came in fourth, and Aron Saylor was fifth.
Andrea Waner won the Ward 2 city council race, with 1,069 votes. Jim Meyer (782 votes) was second, and Bill Weitkemper (195 votes) finished third.
Incumbent Betsy Peters earns a third term on the council out of Ward 6. She got 52% of the vote, Randy Minchew received 43%, and Philip Merriman finished with 5%.
David Tyson Smith is the first Black state representative in Columbia’s 45th district, after easily winning in a special election over Glenn Nielsen.
Boone County voters said yes to a $6 million bond issue for the fire protection district by a big margin on Tuesday. The Southern Boone school district’s $7.7 million bond also easily passed.
Cole County’s Half Cent Capital Improvements Sales Tax is renewed again. Nearly 80% of the voters said “yes.” Scott Evans defeats Angela Silvey for Jefferson City’s open Municipal Judge seat. Ward 2 incumbent councilwoman Laura Ward holds off a challenge from former council member Edith Vogel. Ward got 58% of the votes cast. Scott Spencer defeats Mary Schantz for the open council seat in Ward 3. Derrick Spicer beats both Ryan Estes and Leonard Steinman in the Fourth Ward race. Incumbent Mark Schreiber defeats a challenge from Alicia Edwards in Ward 5.
Ken Enloe and Lindsey Rowden win the Jefferson City School Board seats.
In Fulton, Mike West and Lauren Nelson won the contested city council races, and Jackie Pritchett and Leah Baker claimed the school board spots.
Cole County election results: