Paul Cushing celebrated his victory at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing with friends and family. He picked up 21 percent of the vote, finishing second to Christine King, who led with 42 percent. Cushing said any of the candidates would have been worthy.
“I can only wish everybody well. They were wonderful to work with. All the candidates were great. Rex and Mel and Christine…obviously I’ll work with Christine, but those guys were great,” he said.
His mother, Bobbie Frolick, says she’s glad there will be a new kind of voice on the board.
“It’s his first attempt, and I’m absolutely amazed. Very proud of him,” she said. Frolick and her husband Al, Cushing’s stepfather, moved to Columbia from Florida.
Cushing also met with representatives from the Columbia Missouri National Education Association to discuss pressing education issues, such as teacher tenure.