Columbia Mayor to Seek Second Term

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COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - The mayor of Columbia says he plans to seek re-election for a second term.

No challengers have filed to seek the mayor's seat held now by Bob McDavid. McDavid told The Columbia Daily-Tribune that he wants see through some initiatives started under his watch, including efforts to improve air service and public transit.

McDavid was elected in 2010, becoming Columbia's first new mayor since 1995, when Darwin Hindman's 15-year tenure as mayor began. McDavid was elected with 54 percent of the vote.

The deadline for candidates to file for the April elections is Jan. 8. The April ballot also will feature a ballot measure prohibiting the city from using eminent domain to acquire property for economic development and from using blight declarations as a first step to acquiring property.