Five days remain to file to for Columbia City Council seats

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Those who wish to run for mayor of Columbia or two other seats on the City Council in April have five days left to file nominating petitions with the city clerk’s office.

Thus far, incumbent Mayor Brian Treece and challenger Chris Kelly have filed their candidacies for the council’s top spot. Kelly, who formerly served as Boone County Clerk, state representative and associate circuit judge, said declining credibility in city leadership is what prompted him to run, according to previous Missourian reporting.

Chris Farnam, a member associate at the Missouri Chamber of Commerce who said in August that he would run for mayor, has dropped out of the race and will support Kelly.

“I decided that with Chris Kelly running in the election, and he’s got an outstanding résumé being a state legislator for so many years, not to split the vote in any way just so that we can get the right kind of leadership in the mayoral office,” Farnam said.

Farnam said he also plans to go back to school and seek a degree.

The Third and Fourth ward seats held by Karl Skala and Ian Thomas will also be filled in the April 2 municipal election. Both incumbents have filed the paperwork to seek new three-year terms, but by Thursday they had no challengers.

The deadline to file nominating petitions is 5 p.m. Tuesday. Those who want to run for mayor must seek signatures from at least 75 and no more than 150 registered Columbia voters. Those seeking ward seats must collect at least 50 and not more than 100 signatures from registered voters in their wards.

The petitions must be submitted in person to the city clerk at the Daniel Boone Building, 701 E. Broadway, and the signatures are subject to verification.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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