Paul Cushing

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Paul Cushing
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Board member, Columbia Public Schools School Board, At-large
Member elect
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionIT Professional
Paul Cushing was a successful 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. He was first elected on April 8, 2014.


Paul Cushing is an IT Professional that is employed by Miller's Imaging. He was previously elected to the Columbia Public School Board in 2012, but was forced to resign after moving from the area. Cushing is a volunteer with Big Brothers/Big Sisters.[1]



See also: Columbia Public Schools elections (2014)


Paul Cushing was opposed by incumbents Helen Wade and Jonathan Sessions and challenger 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, "Election Results: April 8, 2014," accessed April 9, 2014


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


Cushing did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.



Two at-large seats were up for election on April 3, 2012. Christine King and Paul Cushing defeated two challengers.[3] }}

Columbia Public Schools Board of Directors, At Large General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristine King 42.4% 9,041
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Cushing 21.1% 4,513
     Nonpartisan Melvin G. Blase 18.4% 3,933
     Nonpartisan Rex Cone 18.1% 3,856
Total Votes 21,343
Source: Show Me, "April 3, 2012 Election results," February 11, 2014

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.[4]

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.[5]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6]

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