Education: Drury University Graduate
Previous offices: Alderman Ward 3
Qualifications: I will bring to the mayor's office my experience as an architect, planner, project manager, community volunteer, and the experience of serving our city as an Alderman.
Top issues: Everywhere I go, citizens are telling me the same thing. They're frustrated with our city government. They believe our city is over spending, needs more businesses, and don't see a clear set of priorities on how to fix it. They want someone who they know, and trust, to get things moving in the right direction. These are issues I will champion as Mayor.
Job: Insurance broker & risk manager
Facebook: Re-Elect Kevin Hutchinson, Mayor Columbia, IL
Previous offices: Planning Commission, street graphics committee, alderman, mayor
Qualifications: My skill set and experience uniquely qualify me for mayor. I bring four years leadership experience acquired in the Army and 14 years of municipal and regional government service. I served four years on the planning and street graphics commission where I was extensively involved in the Columbia comprehensive planning process. As alderman, I served as finance and insurance chairman, overseeing budget and risk management program. In my seven-plus years as mayor I have focused on maintaining and enhancing Columbia's outstanding quality of life and public safety by continued support of our emergency services departments, increasing the commercial tax base, improving main street and promoting and expanding parks and community events, increasing public communication, transparency and awareness, creating the Columbia newsletters and expanding information and services on the city's website. Regionally, I represented Columbia as president, SWICM, encompassing over 40 municipalities, and serving as an member of EWGCoG, representing seven StL counties solving problems that cross jurisdictional boundaries.
Top issues: There are no major issues in the city. I feel we need to continue building on current philosophy. Quality of life must be the foundation for all decision processes in Columbia. We should continue to support and encourage volunteerism and community involvement. We need to continue to be active and promote Columbia regionally and throughout the state. Growing and bettering our parks and green space will enhance life's experiences in Columbia. Smart commercial growth will continue through purposeful planning and design. As we grow our commercial tax base, we must focus on enhancing and supporting existing business areas. Columbia will continue to grow and be a quality bedroom community where you can work, shop and play.
Columbia City Clerk
Job: Retired educator
Education: Master of Arts - Education administration
Previous offices: I'm currently Columbia's City Clerk (four years), Columbia School Board (eight years, vice-president)
Qualifications: I have served for the past four years as Columbia's elected City Clerk. Four years ago I selected six goals regarding the Clerk's office for which I intended to strive if elected. They were: 1. Accuracy ... an accurate and unbiased account of the City's minutes and records; 2. Personnel Performance Evaluations ... they are now completed annually and in a timely fashion; 3. Daily hours for the Clerk and opening the Clerk's Office for business on Saturdays for the first time in over two decades; 4. Office Decorum ... our staff has done an outstanding job of creating a welcoming and congenial atmosphere and realize that they are there to serve and assist our citizenry with its needs; 5. Office Efficiency ... even with budget cuts and the loss of personnel, our staff finds a way to seemingly do more with less; 6. Appraise technology ... among other things, we have improved our systems and communications on the City's website and citizens may now conduct portions of their business on-line or can now use our new credit card system. I am happy to report that we, as a staff, have accomplished those goals.
Top issues: Perhaps the top issue in the race is which candidate is best qualified to take the oath of office and conduct the business of the clerk's office within the guidelines set forth by the Municipal Code and the state statutes that have been enacted by the Illinois General Assembly. It has been my honor and privilege to serve our citizens and the city of Columbia as clerk during the past four years. Our staff and I have worked hard to provide the best possible service while maintaining a convenient, cordial and congenial atmosphere. And I'm very pleased to report that we have had very few complaints from either the citizens we serve or our City Council members. Since coming to Columbia in the autumn of 1967 as a young teacher and coach, I have attempted to stay active in community activities. I served eight years as an officer on the Columbia School Board, have been a member of Turner's for over four decades, coached Khoury League teams and have participated in several community organizations. My wife Lynn and I have four grown children and six beautiful grandchildren.
Columbia city clerk candidate Shirley A. Bergmann did not respond.
Columbia Ward 4 Alderman
Mary Ellen Niemietz
Job: Landscape designer/consultant
Education: BS degree in Workforce Education & Development - SIUC; AAS degree in Horticulture - SWIC
Previous offices: Alderman Ward 4, Columbia Public Library Board
Qualifications: 1) My love for and interest in the City of Columbia as a lifelong resident with a desire to serve without a personal agenda or vendetta. 2) My ability and willingness to function as a team member as I have proven by my active participation on many boards and committees in the city and surrounding area. 3) My education and work experience, which includes the ability to gather and analyze information, design, develop, implement a plan, and evaluate results to accomplish sound policy-making decisions. 4) My respect for the council, staff, committee and commission members with whom I currently serve.
Top issues: 1) To balance the budget without cutting the services that define Columbia's quality of life with regard to health (parks, playground, recreation); safety (police, fire, ambulance); and welfare (water, sewer, streets, community and economic development, special events/programs, and historic preservation). 2) To achieve a balance in controlled and managed commercial growth/retention to residential growth with the purpose of easing the property tax burden for current and future city residents. 3) To continue cooperation with all entities of the community (business, education, civic, and religious) in order to achieve the aforementioned goals.
Columbia Ward 4 alderman candidate Daniel B. Voelkel did not respond.