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Columbia voters could change City Council makeup in November

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For months now, the Columbia City Council has been tackling huge issues that could decide the city's future: the Bull Street property, the homeless, Police Department leadership, and infrastructure spending.

But in November, voters could change the makeup of the council.

Of course, there's the mayor's race, which has attracted three total candidates: incumbent Mayor Steve Benjamin, Councilman Moe Baddourah, and law enforcement veteran Larry Sypolt.

In council District One, longtime Councilman Sam Davis has his first opponent, security camera company owner Bruce Trezevant.

But maybe the most intriguing race is happening for the at-large seat now held by Tameika Isaac Devine, who was first elected in 2002.

Devine has filed her paperwork to seek re-election. She has one declared challenger, North Columbia electrical contractor Tommy Burkett. As of Thursday afternoon, the city web site did not indicate that he had filed.

There is also talk of another familiar city political figure getting into the at-large race. Five Points audio shop owner and frequent candidate Joe Azar, who said he has not made a formal decision on whether to run.

Azar has run many times for both council and the mayor's office.

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