COLUMBIA, Mo. (KMIZ)
The proprietor of COMO Journal and the Columbia Advertising and marketing Group has introduced her candidacy for Columbia’s Ward 4 council seat.
Erica Pefferman introduced her candidacy in a video posted to Facebook Monday night time. The seat is open to candidates after present Fourth Ward Councilman Ian Thomas announced earlier this month he wouldn’t search reelection.
“It is one thing I’ve considered for a extremely very long time,” Pefferman advised ABC 17 Information. She mentioned life appeared to line up for a run proper now — she lives in Ward 4, the present Ward 4 councilor introduced he isn’t looking for reelection, enterprise goes properly, and her 5 kids are in a great place.
“I’ve loads of help for it and I made a decision that the time was proper to do it,” Pefferman mentioned.
Pefferman acquired COMO Journal and the Columbia Advertising and marketing Group in 2019, that are situated in The District downtown. She’s labored as a accomplice within the organizations since 2013.
The Columbia Advertising and marketing Group was concerned with a marketing campaign finance difficulty in 2019.
The Missouri Ethics Commission found Columbia mayoral candidate Chris Kelly broke campaign finance legislation as a result of Kelly’s marketing campaign accepted what was reported on his marketing campaign finance kinds as a $950 in-kind contribution from the Columbia Advertising and marketing Group. The Missouri Structure bans political contributions from firms.
Pefferman advised ABC 17 Information on Tuesday that Kelly’s marketing campaign did not notice the enterprise was an S company and thus barred from offering in-kind donations.
“After they filed it incorrectly, we realized it, we found it, they paid me in full for the providers that we offered and it was fastened inside 24 hours,” Pefferman mentioned.
She advised ABC 17 Information the difficulty gave her a crash course in election legislation.
“I’ve already been in communications with the Missouri Ethics Fee about the way to deal with that for my very own marketing campaign and there will not be any errors,” Pefferman mentioned.
The candidate known as herself an experiential learner. She would not have expertise in politics, however she says she’s a fast learner.
Pefferman advised ABC 17 Information that she selected to run for a metropolis council seat reasonably than a statewide place as a result of she’s invested locally.
“I haven’t got political aspirations, I’ve Columbia aspirations,” Pefferman mentioned.
Although Pefferman introduced her candidacy, it is not official with town but. The Metropolis of Columbia will start accepting candidate filings on Oct. 26.