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Columbia councilwoman to resign after moving out of Second Ward


Columbia Second Ward Councilwoman Andrea Waner will resign next month when she moves out of the district she represents.

Waner told ABC 17 News in a text that her family bought a house outside of the Second Ward boundaries. She will resign from the council on Nov. 22 when she moves in to the new home.

"Like many in our community, my family has been on the hunt for a home that fits our family’s needs and budget," Waner said. "This hunt has been ongoing for more than a year. With that being said, I am excited to share that my family has found our forever home. However, despite our best efforts, our new home is located outside of the boundaries of the second ward, which means I must resign my seat as your second ward council person effective November 22, 2023."

Waner was elected to her seat in April 2021, and has served as mayor pro tem of the council. She announced earlier this year that she would not seek another term after receiving a cancer diagnosis.

"To say I am carrying the tension of excitement and sadness in equal measure would be an understatement," Waner said. "I look forward to what can be accomplished in my remaining meetings on this City Council, and am beyond grateful for all the opportunities this position has provided. Serving as your Councilperson has been the honor of my career.”

The Second Ward comprises parts of Columbia north of Interstate 70 and west of Oakland Gravel Road. It dips south of the interstate at the Columbia Mall, stretching west to Strawn Park.

Voters will elect a new Second Ward councilperson in April.

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