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Leonard, Warren elected to JC School Board

by Anna Campbell | April 5, 2022 at 11:32 p.m.
Submitted photo of Erika Leonard

Erika Leonard and Anne Bloemke-Warren were elected to the Jefferson City School Board on Tuesday.

Leonard earned 4,397 votes (31.27 percent), Bloemke-Warren earned 3,388 (24.10 percent), Adam Gresham earned 3,303 (23.49 percent) and Ellinger earned 2,966 (21.09 percent).

In total, 14,061 votes were cast in the school district, which includes parts of Cole and Callaway counties. Seven write-in votes were cast. Cole County had 12,671 votes cast, and Callaway had 1,390.

In Cole County, Bloemke-Warren received 3,041 votes (24 percent), Gresham received 2,971 (23.45 percent), Ellinger received 2,672 (21.09 percent) and Leonard received 3,987 (31.47 percent).

In Callaway County, Bloemke-Warren received 347 votes (24.96 percent) Gresham received 332 (23.88 percent), Ellinger received 294 (21.15 percent) and Leonard received 410 (29.5 percent).

The two positions were vacant since incumbents Stephanie Johnson and Lorelei Schwartz did not seek re-election.

Erika Leonard, who is a contract lobbyist with Bardgett and Associates Inc., has prioritized improving academics, being a voice for parents, and protecting tax dollars.

“Thank you to Jefferson City and Holts Summit voters,” she said. “I am extremely honored that I have been given the opportunity to take on this volunteer role with the JC Schools board. I cannot wait to get started.”

Anne Bloemke-Warren, who is a grant writer and manager for the Missouri State Public Health Lab, has prioritized educational success, teacher retention and better representation of the community’s makeup and values, and addressing equity of facilities across the district.

“I am very excited to move forward with my service on the board and excited to serve the community of Jeff City,” she said. “I have a lot of time left here with my daughter in the schools, so anything that I can do to make sure that our teachers feel heard is only going to make sure that our students are getting a better education.”

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  photo  Submitted photo: Anne Bloemke-Warren


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