Columbia City Council candidates sit down with residents

10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago Wednesday, March 29 2017 Mar 29, 2017 Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:49:00 PM CDT March 29, 2017 in News
By: Meg Hilling, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

COLUMBIA - Less than a week away from election day, and Columbia City Council candidates are still working to out hustle each other on the campaign front following two forums Wednesday.

Candidates from the first and fifth wards spoke before Columbia residents at the city's chamber of commerce and then later on at the Columbia Country Club.

The topics of conversation ranged from racial disparities in law enforcement to the use of red light cameras.

Candidates are competing for two, three-year terms and to represent from the following wards:

First Ward: Clyde Ruffin, Pat Kelley and Andrew Hutchinson.

Fifth Ward: Art Jago and Matt Pitzer (was not in attendance at the forums due to a family event.)

Following candidate introductions, the floor was opened up to audience for questions. One question that was of major concern for those in attendance was the stance the candidates took on community policing.

Here's what the candidates had to say.

"We need to get officers in the department who are able to devote that kind of energy and time to a community," Jago said.

"The whole purpose is to get deep into the community, to rebuild trust," Ruffin said.

"With a beat officer who is working to know a certain area, they are kind of being able to say more about what the community needs are," Kelley said. "I like that vision."

"The constant threat of police does not build better neighborhoods,"Hutchinson said.

Columbia resident Carolyn Mathews said these forums are vital right before elections.

"We like having this kind of free speech forum, encouraging the city council peoples to go more deeply into their beliefs and what they would do about it, rather than just, you know, sometimes what comes out in papers is pretty superficial," Mathews said. "Except when people go in-depth, and we appreciate that. But being in a discussion is another thing."

The election will take place next Tuesday on April 4.

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - A Missouri lawmaker want to make roads better by raising fees at the DMW and cutting income tax... More >>
56 minutes ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:18:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A Missouri lawmaker who called for the vandal of a Confederate monument to be hanged won't... More >>
1 hour ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 3:08:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - A Tuskegee Airman told stories of his time in a segregated military while speaking at a Black History... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:13:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The head coach of the University of South Carolina's women's basketball team filed a defamation lawsuit Thursday against... More >>
2 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 2:07:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in Sports
JEFFERSON CITY - The Jefferson City Fire Department responded to a structure fire on the 2200 block of Oakview Drive.... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:57:00 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The chairman of the Missouri House Budget Committee is announcing a proposal to reduce... More >>
3 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:36:05 PM CST February 22, 2018 in News
MACON - Police are asking for help identifying two male subjects thought to be related to an ongoing shoplifting investigation.... More >>
4 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 11:30:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in News
ARNOLD (AP) — A man who went to pick up a relative from a suburban St. Louis high school with... More >>
7 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:26:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A former Missouri charity executive has been indicted in a conspiracy that has ensnared a former Arkansas... More >>
8 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 8:14:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Federal court documents filed Tuesday give details into the past of Coffee Zone's owner. This comes after police... More >>
15 hours ago Thursday, February 22 2018 Feb 22, 2018 Thursday, February 22, 2018 12:28:00 AM CST February 22, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - The city is considering an additional audit of Columbia. Every year an audit takes place to make sure... More >>
20 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 7:32:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
CENTRALIA - A bill that would give the city of Centralia the opportunity to increase sales tax by a half... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:56:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY – A bill to legalize the industrial production of hemp in Missouri will face a final vote before... More >>
21 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 6:22:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — The Missouri Senate has endorsed a bill that could boost Medicaid payments for nursing homes.... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:47:01 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Both the Missouri House and Senate have given initial approval to bills that would create... More >>
22 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:43:37 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Continuous News
JEFFERSON CITY - Not all convicted Missouri inmates run from the law, but most run up large costs for the... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 5:09:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Target 8
JEFFERSON CITY - Nearly six million vehicles cross structurally deficient bridges every day in the state of Missouri. That's according... More >>
23 hours ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:21:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - For the first time, a Columbia competitive cheer squad will compete at The D2 Summit Championship at Disney... More >>
1 day ago Wednesday, February 21 2018 Feb 21, 2018 Wednesday, February 21, 2018 4:07:00 PM CST February 21, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 37°
5pm 40°
6pm 40°
7pm 39°
8pm 39°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

4:00p
Jeopardy!
4:30p
Jeopardy!
5:00p
KOMU 8 News @ 5
4:00p
The Goldbergs
4:30p
The Goldbergs
5:00p
American Dad!

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
2018 Olympic Winter Games
7:00p
Supernatural
8:00p
Arrow
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld