Fourth candidate files to run for Columbia School Board

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James “Jay” Atkins has joined candidates Brian Jones, Della Streaty-Wilhoit and Blake Willoughby in the race for the Columbia School Board.

Atkins has officially filed to become a candidate for one of two open positions on the board. Current board members Jan Mees and James Whitt will not be seeking re-election when their terms expire in April.

Atkins has a law degree from MU and currently serves as the vice president of government affairs at AutoReturn, a technology company located in Columbia, according to his LinkedIn page.

Atkins previously worked at Husch Blackwell law firm as senior counsel for public policy and government affairs, according to the page.

Those who want to run for School Board must file in person at the office of the board of education secretary, 1818 W. Worley St., before 5 p.m. Jan. 15.

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