Joseph A. Toepke

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Joseph A. Toepke
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Board member, Columbia Public Schools School Board, At-large
Former Candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionHuman resource manager
Personal website
Joseph A. Toepke was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Columbia Public Schools school board in Missouri. Sessions was opposed by one challenger and two incumbents for three seats.


Joseph A. Toepke is a human resources manager that has served in this role with the United States Army.[1]



See also: Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)


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


Columbia Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHelen Wade Incumbent 32% 8,143
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJonathan Sessions Incumbent 29.5% 7,508
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cushing 21.7% 5,521
     Nonpartisan Joseph A. Toepke 16.8% 4,288
Total Votes 25,460
Source: Show Me Boone, "Summary Report," April 11, 2014


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


Toepke did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the school board were up for election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Jonathan Sessions and Helen Wade faced two challengers.[3]

About the district

See also: Columbia Public Schools, Missouri
Columbia Public Schools is located in Boone County, Mo.
Columbia Public Schools is located in central Missouri in Boone County. The county seat of Boone County is Columbia. Boone County is home to 170,773 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Columbia Public Schools was the ninth-largest school district in Missouri and served 17,709 students.[5]


Boone County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 47.3 percent of Boone County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Boone County was $48,627 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Boone County was 20.0 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
Race Boone County (%) Missouri (%)
White 83.1 83.7
Black or African American 9.4 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 4.1 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.8 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.2 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Boone County[6]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 39,847 37,404
2008 47,062 36,849
2004 37,643 37,801
2000 28,811 28,426

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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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