Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Columbia Public Schools Elections

General Election date:
April 8, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Additional elections
External links
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Columbia Public Schools
Boone County, Missouri ballot measures
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Three seats on the Columbia Public Schools school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Jonathan Sessions and Helen Wade faced two challengers in the at-large election.

About the district

See also: Columbia Public Schools, Missouri
Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)
Columbia Public Schools is located in Boone County in Columbia, Missouri. It is located in the eighth largest county in Missouri. According to the 2010 United States Census, Columbia is home to 108,500 residents.[1]


Columbia underperformed the state average in median household income and residents living below the poverty level. The United States Census Bureau found that 54.1 percent of Columbia residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 25.8 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Columbia was $43,084 compared to $51,529 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Columbia was 23.6 percent compared to 15.0 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2010[1]
Race Columbia (%) Missouri (%)
White 79.0 82.8
Black or African American 11.3 11.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 5.2 1.6
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 3.1 2.1
Hispanic or Latino 3.4 3.5

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[2]

Method of board member selection

The Columbia Public Schools Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to three-year terms. There is no primary election, and the general election was held on April 8, 2014.[3] Three at-large seats were on the ballot in 2014, two seats will be on the ballot in 2015 and the remaining seats will appear on the ballot in 2016.[4]

The filing deadline for school board candidates to get on the ballot in the general election was January 28, 2014.[5]





Election results

Jonathan Sessions, Paul Cushing and Helen Wade defeated Joseph A. Toepke for three seats on the Columbia Public Board of Education.

Columbia Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Wade 32% 8,142
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Sessions 29.5% 7,508
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cushing 21.7% 5,521
     Nonpartisan Joseph A. Toepke 16.8% 4,289
Total Votes 25,460
Source: Show Me, "Election Results: April 8, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014


No candidate received an endorsement in this election.

Campaign finance

No candidate filed a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission.[6]

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were key deadlines for the Columbia Public Schools election in 2014:[5][8]

Deadline Event
December 17, 2013 First day for candidate filing
January 21, 2014 Last day for candidate filing
January 28, 2014 Deadline for entities to certify elections to election authority
February 25, 2014 First day for absentee voting
April 2, 2014 Last day absentee ballot can be mailed
March 12, 2014 Voter registration deadline
April 8, 2014 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The April 8, 2014 General Municipal Election featured races for local, municipal and school positions.[9]

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