Helen Wade

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Helen Wade
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Board member, Columbia Public Schools School Board, At-large
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sColumbia College
J.D.University of Missouri School of Law
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Helen Wade was a successful candidate for an at-large seat on the Columbia Public Schools school board in Missouri. Wade was opposed by two challengers and one incumbents for three seats.


Helen Wade is an attorney with Harper, Evans, Wade & Netemeyer. Her daughter is a student in the Columbia Public Schools district. Wade earned her Bachelor's degree from Columbia College and her J.D. from the University of Missouri School of Law.[1]



See also: Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)


Helen Wade was opposed by incumbent Jonathan Sessions and challengers Paul Cushing and Joseph A. Toepke for three at-large seats in the general election on April 8, 2014.


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 Boone.com, "Election Results: April 8, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014


Wade did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Missouri Ethics Commission.[2]


Wade did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.



Three at-large seats were up for election on April 5, 2011. Helen Wade, Jonathan Sessions and Tom Rose defeated three challengers.[3] }}

Columbia Public Schools Board of Directors, At Large General Election, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Wade 26.8% 8,290
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Sessions 26.1% 8,057
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Rose 23.1% 7,136
     Nonpartisan Sara R. Dickson 9.8% 3,034
     Nonpartisan Liz Peterson 9.8% 3,021
     Nonpartisan Dave Raithel 4.5% 1,381
Total Votes 30,919
Source: Show Me Boonee.com, "April 5, 2011 Election results," February 11, 2014

About the district

Columbia Public Schools, Missouri
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.[4]


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% of Columbia residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 25.8% 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% compared to 15.0% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[5]

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