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      Mayor Benjamin running for second term

      Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Monday that he is running for a second term.

      COLUMBIA (WACH) - Columbia Mayor Steve Benjamin announced Monday that he is running for a second term.

      Benjamin told a crowd of supporters that he plans to have a campaign free of negativity and will focus on the city's recent accomplishments.

      Benjamin says the city has improved under his watch in many areas including job creation, cutting spending and lowering crime rates. He says these are all ways Columbia is becoming a more vibrant city.

      "We're seeing something special happen here in Columbia and I'm proud of our accomplishments over the last three years and looking forward to working with everyone in the city taking it to another level the next four years," said Benjamin.

      Benjamin is up against City Councilman Moe Baddourah and businessman Larry Sypolt, who have already started campaigning for mayor. The election is November 5.