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Election 2021

Sasser and Snodgrass Win Board of Education Seats

Apr 7, 2021
Provided By Jeanna Snodgrass

Katherine Sasser and Jeanne Snodgrass are the two newest members of Columbia’s Board of Education, having won seats among five contenders in the Tuesday, April 6 election.

Sasser has been a teacher for 15 years and has experience teaching at Columbia Public Schools. She said she is eager to get started.

Incumbent Betsy Peters won the vote for Columbia City Council’s sixth ward Tuesday. This is her third term serving Columbia. She hopes to tackle a wide range of topics during this term, like police and firefighters’ funding, trash collection and Columbia’s taxes and environmental action plan.

“I’m very honored that the voters would return me for another three years. I’ll hope I’ll continue to represent the sixth ward, and do a good job of moving the city forward,” Peters said. 

Locals voted to approve the Boone County Fire Protection District (BCFD) board of directors’ request of a $6 million bond issue during the municipal election on Tuesday, April 6. This is a no-tax increase bond issue intended for replacements of old apparatus, facility improvements, land acquisition and architectural design for replacement stations. 

Photo provided by Andrea Waner

Columbia’s second ward has a new council member. Andrea Waner won the Ward 2 seat in the Tuesday, April 6 election.

With 52.2% of the vote, Waner defeated Jim Meyer and Bill Weitkemper. 

Meyer and Weitkemper received 38.2% and 9.5% of the vote respectively. 

Waner said running the campaign took a lot of time and effort, but many in the community want to see women and mothers succeed.

“I’m grateful that I get to be the first woman in over 30 years to represent the second ward on the city council,” said Waner. 

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Democrat David Tyson Smith has won the special election to fill the legislative seat vacated by fellow Democrat Kip Kendrick.

Smith defeated his Libertarian opponent Glenn Nielsen with 75% of the vote. Smith received 1,801 votes, to Nielsen’s 594. Smith is the first Black state representative to serve Columbia, as well as the first outside of Kansas City or St. Louis metro areas.

Five candidates are running for two open spots on the Columbia Public School Board of Education, to be decided by voters in the Tuesday, April 6th election. KBIA's Logan Franz spoke with each candidate - here's a breakdown of the issues and goals they have in mind.


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David Tyson Smith is the Democratic candidate running for Missouri State Representative for the 45th district, which represents the majority of Columbia. If elected, Smith would be the district’s first Black state representative. KBIA’s Xcaret Nunez caught up with Smith before the April 6th election to address his legislative priorities, how his law background has prepared him to handle a supermajority, and how his campaign experience has allowed him to further connect with the community he calls home.

Here’s an excerpt from their conversation.

Glenn Nielsen is the Libertarian candidate for Missouri's 45th district seat in the State House of Representatives.

Nielsen is competing with Democrat David Tyson Smith for the seat vacated by Kip Kendrick, to be decided in a special election Tuesday, April 6. 

Nielsen says he’s been involved with the Libertarian party for more than 20 years, as well as working on community issues locally and statewide.

Key issues in Nielsen's campaign include criminal justice reform, healthcare, and privacy rights. Nielsen also served in the U.S. Navy.

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Today is the last day to request an absentee mail-in ballot for the April 6th municipal election. The deadline is 5 p.m. 

To vote absentee, there are six options to qualify. This includes having an illness or physical disability or not be in Boone County on April 6th. 

This weekend, there are options for those that qualify to vote in-person absentee; From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, absentee voters can drop off ballots or vote in-person absentee at the HyVee on Nifong Boulevard. On Sunday, Parkade Elementary School will be open the same time period for absentee voters.