VOTER VOICES: Homeless problem a priority

October 8, 2013 

Calvin McPherson

Columbia voters will elect a mayor and three council members Nov. 5, and consider a strong mayor referendum Dec. 3. We asked voters what they see as the key issues in the city.

Calvin McPherson is a department leader at UniFirst Corp. The St. Andrews resident, 49, enjoys regular walks in downtown Finlay Park and is concerned about such issues as homelessness, which he often witnesses while on those walks. But he’s not sold on some of the proposed approaches in addressing that issue. “I don’t think anyone should be able to tell anyone where to go in a free society.” McPherson supports the concept of a strong mayor. “I’ve always believed the mayor should have the final say-so in city matters, not a city manager,” he said.

Eloise Tabor, USC School of Journalism

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