Andrea Waner

for Columbia City Council Ward 2

Don't Wait for Permission

Running for office has been something I’ve held in the back of my mind for almost a decade. Lately, however, the thought of running has become less fleeting, and more persistent. So much so that I began to talk to close friends and advisors about how my experience and skills can benefit Columbia.

It was during one of these discussions about the realities of running for city council that I was told, “But there’s already a woman on council. Maybe you should step aside.” And for a while, that’s what I believed I should do. But recently, I’ve learned that you don’t need permission to push for change. You don’t have to wait to be asked to lead. You can just do it.

So here I am, shouting from the rooftops that I am running to represent the second ward on the Columbia City Council because I believe in the need for health to be considered in all of our policies. Because I believe equity, diversity, and inclusion should be a compass by which we guide all our decisions. Because I believe that women should lead in all aspects of our community, not just the ones we deem appropriate. I am running to bring back trust in public service, to underscore the importance of local government, and to increase public engagement in the democratic process.

This community is my home. I’ve had the ability to watch the blueprints of Columbia evolve over the last decade. I have done the hard and necessary work to push for real and lasting change, and I welcome the opportunity to continue leading our community and represent Columbia’s Second Ward.

PUBLIC HEALTH EXPERT AND CIVIL RIGHTS ADVOCATE, ANDREA WANER, ANNOUNCES FOR SECOND WARD CITY COUNCIL

Today, Andrea Waner announced she will seek election to the Columbia City Council representing the city's Second Ward.

"The Second Ward needs a Councilperson focused on protecting our health, preserving good-paying jobs, and creating a Columbia where everyone has the opportunity to prosper," said Waner.

Waner serves as Chair of the Human Rights Commission for Columbia, Missouri. As a leader on the commission, Waner worked to broaden Columbia's nationally recognized workplace, fair-housing, and civil-rights ordinances to include contractors. The ordinances led to Columbia earning an all-star rating and a perfect score of 100 points on the Human Rights Campaign's Municipal Equality Index for the past three years.

"COVID-19 has laid bare how economically fragile life is for our friends and neighbors. That's why I'm proud of the work we've already done creating job and housing protections. No one should lose their job or home because of discrimination," said Waner.

Andrea Waner has worked with multiple public and private health agencies including, the Columbia / Boone County Health Department, the Institute for People, Place, and Possibility, and the University of Missouri Health Care. Waner's work has led her to tackle food insecurity, discrimination, access to childcare, and mental health issues.

"Now is the time to lay the foundation for a Columbia where everyone has the opportunity to prosper," said Waner. "That means neighborhoods with well-maintained streets, support for children and families, and policy focused on creating quality jobs. Every Columbia citizen deserves the opportunity to live in a healthy neighborhood and prosper."

Andrea was born in Columbia, Missouri, and received both her Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Mizzou. She is currently working at Central Methodist University as the Director of Advancement and Operations. Her recent duties have included leading the contact tracing effort at CMU to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and keep students on campus safe. She lives in the Valleyview neighborhood with her husband Joe and son Henry.

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Andrea Waner, Candidate
573-321-9219

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  • "Andrea has been around enough to really inspire confidence in her leadership. I am proud to endorse her for 2nd Ward City Council."
    Karen Sicheneder
    2nd Ward Central Committeewoman
    "Passionate. Strong. Attentive. A leader for the Second Ward. Andrea Waner exemplifies and consistently demonstrates all of these characteristics in her everyday life and in her service to the City of Columbia. " 
    Dr. Rachel Proffitt
    Columbia Resident
    "Andrea is a hard-working mother, community member, and friend. Her focus on public health and public good makes Andrea an excellent candidate for Columbia City Council."
    Jamie K
    Columbia Resident
  • "To many, I am an LGBTQ advocate, but before that I was - and still am - an advocate for good governance promoting the safety and health of our community. "
    Howard Hutton
    Columbia Resident and LGBTQ Advocate
    "I am honored to endorse Andrea Waner for City Council! She is passionately committed to the well-being of all people in our community. "
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