Columbia School Board candidates Blake Willoughby and Della Streaty-Wilhoit won the endorsement of the Columbia Missouri National Education Association (CMNEA), which represents teachers in the Columbia Public School District.
CMNEA announced in a news release Wednesday evening that it endorsed the two over the third candidate, Jay Atkins, in a race for two open seats on the board.
Willoughby, 24, is a doctoral student at MU studying theater and performance studies and is working toward a black studies graduate minor and a higher education administration certificate.
He also serves on the city of Columbia's Substance Abuse Advisory Commission and served as a member of the city's Public Transit Advisory Commission.
If elected to the board, Willoughby wants to improve the special education program in the district as well as create a student advisory board to work under the school board and help give a voice to students.