Get Out The Vote Columbia

April 5, 2022 Election Update

  • Proposition 1 passed in Columbia
  • Barbara Buffaloe was elected Mayor
  • Nick Foster was elected Ward 4 Councilperson
  • In the Ward 3 election, both Roy Lovelady and Karl Skala received 1,102 votes. A special election to fill the seat will take place during Missouri’s Primary Election Day on August 2. 

On April 5th: Vote for a Columbia that Works for Us All

Proposition 1 is a proposed use tax is a local tax on goods purchased from out of state (most often online) for delivery to and use in the City of Columbia. We support Proposition 1 because it will:

  • Stop big corporations from crowding out our local shops – making sure out-of-state corporations pay their fair share
  • Bring $5.6 million back to our community. This revenue will support crucial public health and safety programs including a new fire station, 30 blocks of sidewalk repair, and 15 miles of street maintenance. 
  • Support public workers. Proposition 1 will also support the creation of good jobs that stay in our community.

Where do the candidates stand on the issues?

Signing the Neighborhood Pledge means support for: 

  • Protecting and expanding affordable housing
  • Strengthening neighborhood infrastructure including improving roads and addressing urgent sewer issues and inequity in public transit
  • Opposing efforts to privatize public services
  • Addressing structural inequality to make Columbia safer for all


Nick Foster – Yes
● Erica Pefferman – No


● Roy Lovelady – Yes
● Karl Skala – Yes


● Barbara Buffaloe – Yes
● Tanya Heath – Yes
● Randy Minchew* – Yes
● David Seamon – Yes

By signing this pledge, these candidates commit to ensuring these community issues are priorities as elected officials. 

On Saturday, March 12th, Missouri Jobs with Justice Voter Action members invited all Columbia mayoral, Ward 3, and Ward 4 candidates to our Town Hall. More than 125 Columbia residents joined us, &  member organizations and workers asked the candidates where they stand on the issues affecting our communities most. 

Each candidate was asked about their plans for protecting our public utilities from privatization, standing with local workers fighting to unionize, funding public safety, improving public transportation, and increasing affordable housing for our Columbia neighbors.

Privatization of Public Utilities

Affordable Housing

Support of Unions

Public Transportation

Police Budget

Support of the Neighborhood Pledge