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Columbia Missourian

Cathy Richards secures second term as Boone County public administrator

By Jennifer Liu
November 7, 2012 | 5:55 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — At an evening watch party at The Blue Note on Tuesday, Cathy Richards learned her job is secure for the next four years.

Richards was re-elected as Boone County public administrator, receiving 54.31 percent of the vote in Boone County and beating out Republican challenger John Sullivan. 

Richards said she appreciated the help of her supporters

"It was a grass-roots effort, and the people of Boone County made it clear who they wanted to serve as public administrator for another four years," she said in an email. "I feel good about my campaign because we took the high road and did no negative campaigning."

Sullivan received the news of the election results while attending re-elected Sen. Kurt Schaefer's watch party at the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

"The people chose Cathy Richards," Sullivan said. "I hope that she provides the service that Boone County's neediest and most vulnerable citizens need in a caring and courteous manner."

After a third defeat for the position of public administrator, he doesn't see a fourth campaign in 2016.

"While I plan to take some time to determine my next step, I can say that I will continue to be an advocate to the clients of the public administrator's office," he said.

The public administrator has custodial and administrative responsibility of estates of deceased persons, minors and people with disabilities who do not have resources to manage the estates themselves.

"The very nature of this particular position is not a stepping stone to a career path in politics," Sullivan said. "It's really about taking care of folks and providing for their welfare."