Columbia Mayor announces he won't run for third term
COLUMBIA - Mayor Bob McDavid announced Monday he will not seek re-election when his current term expires in April 2016. McDavid took office in 2010 and said after talking with his wife, the two made the decision not to run for a third term due to personal reasons. McDavid said he and his wife wanted to focus on their obligations to each other.
"It's time to step away," McDavid said. "It's been a great six years. I've met a lot of interesting people. It's been both challenging and rewarding at the same time."
McDavid, who said he does not affiliate with any political party, said the biggest challenge he will leave behind for his successor will be the city's financial health, citing less city dollars coming in from sales tax revenue due to an increasing culture of e-commerce, or business being conducted online.
McDavid added the unforeseen growth of the University of Missouri has been another challenge during his time in office. Regarding growth, McDavid said he'd like to see those behind the growth be seated at the table, which he said has not happened thus far.
"Other than that," McDavid said, "We should celebrate what we have."
McDavid also addressed the city's failed efforts to fund more police officers and firefighters.
"I think we have a real challenge ahead of ourselves when it comes to public safety," McDavid said. "It all falls back to that loss of revenue and promises that were made [regarding city pensions] that are tough to keep." He added, "The challenges we face frankly are challenges for every city and state around the country."
On his legacy, McDavid said, "Columbia is a great town because of how its citizens have treated it for decades. I am thrilled to have been a part of that."
McDavid did not immediately say whether anyone has expressed interest in the seat.
"I've met a lot of talented, qualified people," he said.
McDavid said at this time, he has no plans of running for any other political office.