Council Candidate Priorities
"Our city can be better and here's exactly how we can make it better," said Mike Holden, city council candidate.
Candidates said it's an issue of planning and maintenence.
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"We have some problems with streets in the third ward, and we have some power lines that need to go underground," said Gary Kespol, city council candidate.
Summed up in three words? Growth management planning.
"We need a broader set of development policies," said Karl Skala, city council candidate. "We need to revisit this, I think it is great."
"It's not going to be easy. It's going to be difficult for everyone involved," said XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXSKALA?XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXxx.
Candidates often agreed with each other during the forum, and say the city council campaigns have been respectful. The Columbia Board of Realtors and the smart growth coalition sponsored the event. While the two groups have some opposing viewpoints, officials with the Board of Realtors say that makes for more honest answers from candidates. Since catering to one group would mean alienating the other.