Columbia City Council and School Board Candidates In Election Forum
COLUMBIA - Candidates for Columbia's City Council and School Board met with the public Tuesday night leading up to next month's election. The League of Women Voters hosted the forum at the Columbia Public Library.
Ward 2 candidates Michael Trapp, Mike Atkinson and Bill Pauls attended the forum along with Ward 6 candidates Barbara Hoppe and Bill Tillotson.
The forum also featured school board candidates Melvin Blase, Paul Cushing, Rex Cone and Christine King.
City Council candidates took time to explain their respective postitions on issues raised by the public and answered questions from audience members. In light of recent crimes in Columbia, all candidates agreed that public safety was a prominent concern.
School Board candidates discussed transportation issues within Columbia's public school system, the bond issue and tax levy increase.
Columbia City Council and School Board elections will be held on April 3.