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WATCH: Maria Oropallo talks plans for Columbia if elected as mayor


Maria Oropallo, one of five candidates for Columbia mayor and a longtime member of Columbia's citizen financial oversight board, joined ABC 17 News This Morning on Thursday to discuss her plans if elected in April.

According to her campaign website, Oropallo has worked with municipal governments for more than 35 years. She's served on Columbia's Finance and Audit Committee since 2014.

When Oropallo announced her candidacy in November, she said her top priorities are ensuring sustainable, effective, and equitable services are provided to match the community's needs now and for future decades; making sure the city delivers services that are on a level playing field; and, making confident decisions based on verifiable data.

Opponents David Seamon, Barbara Buffaloe, and Randy Minchew discussed their visions for the city with ABC 17 News earlier this week. The final candidate, Tanya Health, plans to join ABC 17 News at 6 a.m. on Friday.

The deadline to register to vote in the April election is next Wednesday, March 9.

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Molly Stawinoga

Molly Stawinoga is ABC 17’s weekday morning anchor and a reporter at ABC 17 News. Molly joined the news team in 2017 while studying political science, journalism and Spanish at the University of Missouri. She is originally from DeKalb, Illinois.


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