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Columbia’s mayor-elect focusing on 24/7 shelter and housing needs

Columbia voters have elected former city sustainability manager Barbara Buffaloe as the next mayor.

She received 8,528 votes, beating businessman Randy Minchew, who had 7,728 votes. Columbia school board member David Seamon came in third with 2,930 votes.

Mayor-elect Buffaloe campaigned on investing in our community and resourcing community partners with proven track records. Mr. Minchew focused on public safety and getting back to the basics on issues like infrastructure.

Mayor-elect Buffaloe also campaigned on a platform that included Columbia having a 24/7 shelter that provides basic daily needs and services to lift people out of homelessness. She also called for serving housing needs for people across the income spectrum, so that everyone can find their home in Columbia.

She’ll be sworn-in this month, and will replace outgoing Mayor Brian Treece. He did not seek re-election, and is finishing his second term.

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