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ELECTION NIGHT REVIEW: Hoppe, Trapp, King and Cushing winners

Wednesday, April 4, 2012 | 2:27 p.m. CDT

Tuesday's election night in Columbia featured City Council and School Board elections and two school district ballot proposals. Here is a roundup of the results.

Hoppe, Tillotson elected to Columbia City Council

Barbara Hoppe retained her Sixth Ward seat with a victory over Bill Tillotson, while Michael Trapp edged out other contenders for the open seat in the Second Ward.

Hoppe has represented the Sixth Ward since 2006 but was accused of abusing her position by Tillotson in a March television commercial. On the other hand, Hoppe's supporters submitted a slew of letters to the editor that listed her various services to the community.

Trapp, a substance abuse counselor, decided to run for the Second Ward seat after reading that incumbent Jason Thornhill would not seek re-election and getting support from friends on Facebook. He said he knocked on more than 2,750 doors during his campaign.

When the elections results were counted, Hoppe had won 63 percent of the vote in the Sixth Ward, and Trapp captured 44 percent of the vote in the Second Ward, 8 percentage points more than Bill Pauls and 24 percentage points more than Mike Atkinson.

King, Cushing win School Board positions; both proposals pass

Two positions were open on the Columbia School Board this year. Christine King, who has served on the board since 2009 and is the current vice president, secured about 42 percent of the vote to retain her position.

Three others ran for the other open position. Paul Cushing, an IT coordinator at Miller's Professional Imaging who was running for office for the first time, beat out Melvin Blase and Rex Cone with 21 percent of the vote. The other two each had about 18 percent. 

Voters also approved two proposals on the ballot. One was a tax levy that will increase property taxes and help the district pay for various operating costs. It passed with 56 percent of the vote. The other was a $50 million bond issue and 12-cent debt service levy increase that will create funds used for school district buildings' renovation and construction. It passed with 61 percent of the vote. 

Here are the complete results to the School Board elections and ballot proposals.

Of note in the Boone County municipal elections, Michael P. Jackson was elected mayor of Ashland and Cheri Reisch defeated incumbent Benjamin Austene to become mayor of Hallsville.


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