Ian Thomas to host 'campaign kickoff' event for Council re-election bid

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Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas will host a “Campaign Kickoff” event to mark the start of his re-election campaign for Columbia City Council.

The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Jan. 29 at Shakespeare’s Pizza’s west location. Community members will have the opportunity to eat pizza and provide Thomas suggestions for community improvement in preparation for Columbia’s upcoming municipal election on April 2, 2019.

“(The event) was planned with a focus on my campaign, and I’m hopeful for another three years on the council,” Thomas said.

If he is re-elected, the 2019-22 term will be Thomas’s third on the council.

During his past terms, Thomas became an advocate for the Columbia Police Department’s community policing effort and said he hopes his suggestions to the council have sparked conversation about socio-economic and racial diversity within Columbia. He said he has made an effort to introduce policies and plans to the council that would support these ideas of inclusivity.

Thomas said he hopes for the opportunity to make change if re-elected for a third term.

“I’m hoping things I’ve worked on over the past six years can come to more of a conclusion,” Thomas said.

Thomas recently released his new policy platform, which highlights three main points: growth, equity and transparency.

Under each main point in the platform, Thomas highlights specific ways he hopes to improve Columbia.

He said he was especially excited to focus on growth and equity within his new policy platform. For example, he wants to address the cost of public infrastructure and development.

Thomas also said he is excited for the opportunity to take advantage of new leadership within the city to make the most of the community policing effort.

“We have reached the point where we need to hire more progressive administrators,” he said.

According to his platform, if re-elected Thomas will make an effort to maintain transparency within local government. For example, he will continue to hold conversations with his constituents at Dunn Brothers Coffee on Forum Boulevard multiple times a month.

Thomas is the only person who has filed to run for the Fourth Ward position, according to Sheela Amin, Columbia city clerk. The deadline to file for a position on the council is 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Supervising editor is Kaleigh Feldkamp: news@columbiamissourian.com, 882-5720.

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