Columbia council candidate suspends campaign amid allegations
COLUMBIA - Daryl Dudley, a candidate for Columbia's 4th Ward City Council seat, has suspended his campaign.
He made the announcement Wednesday morning, citing "recent distractions" to his campaign. On Monday, his opponent for the seat, Ian Thomas, accused him of not complying with rules of the Missouri Ethics Commission regarding campaign finance.
Following the suspension of his campaign, Dudley said he plans to take the following actions:
- All advertising purchased with funds acquired through two large donations has been canceled.
- We have asked our media agency to return money to the campaign from those cancellations, minus any fees associated with their work, and for any media that has already ran and been paid for.
- No new advertising will be purchased with those funds.
- The balance of unused funds will be returned.
Dudley apologized through a news release for letting campaign issues distract from the problems facing Columbia.
His attorney issued the following statement:
"Daryl is deeply sorry that issues surrounding his campaign have detracted from important, pressing, and unsolved issues that face our City."
Thomas and Dudley are the only two people running for the City Council seat.
The election takes place on April 5.