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      Former challenger to run for Rickenmann council seat

      Cameron Runyan / Courtesy Photo

      COLUMBIA (WACH) -- Columbia businessman Cameron Runyan is running for the Columbia City Council seat being vacated by Daniel Rickenmann, who announced this week he is not seeking reelection in April 2012.

      Runyon, 34, lost to Rickenmann in the 2008 race picking up 42 percent of the vote to Rickenmann's 54 percent.

      I believe my experience as a private business person and as an engaged member of the community makes me uniquely qualified to serve all of Columbia," Runyan said in a press release announcing his candidacy.

      Runyan said his campaign platform will center on public safety, job creation and leadership. He is the first candidate to announce he will seek the open at-large city council seat.

      According to Democratic campaign strategist Phil Bailey, candidates running for a city-wide council seat will need to spend at least $250,000 to mount an effective campaign.

      Former mayoral candidate Steve Morrison is rumored to be considering a run for the seat as well. A spokesperson at his office declined to comment Thursday.

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