Bruce Cantwell

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Bruce Cantwell
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Former candidate for
Board member, Liberty Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Next generalApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sPark College
Master'sGrand Canyon University
ProfessionSocial worker
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Bruce Cantwell was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Liberty school board in Missouri. He was defeated by incumbents Kim-Marie Graham, Lori Tritz and newcomer Angela Reed in the general election on April 8, 2014.


Cantwell is a children's social worker. He was previously a substitute teacher and a facilitator at Liberty Public Schools. He has his Bachelor's degree from Park College and his Master's degree from Grand Canyon University.[1]



See also: Liberty Public Schools elections (2014)


Bruce Cantwell was opposed by fellow challengers Don Hubbs, Jesse Leimkuehler, Angela Reed and incumbents Kim-Marie Graham and Lori Tritz for the three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


Liberty Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 3-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKim-Marie Graham Incumbent 25.4% 1,294
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori Tritz Incumbent 25.3% 1,286
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAngela Reed 19.5% 990
     Nonpartisan Jesse Leimkuehler 11.3% 576
     Nonpartisan Don Hubbs 10.5% 536
     Nonpartisan Bruce Cantwell 7.3% 372
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.6% 31
Total Votes 5,085
Source: Clay County, Missouri, "General Municipal Election," April 9, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Cantwell did not file a campaign finance report with the Missouri Ethics Commission for this election.[2]


Cantwell did not receive an endorsement in this election.

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Liberty school board were up for general election on April 8, 2014. Incumbents Kim-Marie Graham, Lori Tritz and newcomer Angela Reed triumphed over challengers Jesse Leimkuehler, Don Hubbs and Bruce Cantwell. Incumbent Bren Abbott did not file for re-election.

About the district

See also: Liberty Public Schools, Missouri
Liberty Public Schools is located in Clay County, Mo.
Liberty Public Schools is located in north-west Missouri in Clay County. The county seat of Clay County is Liberty. Clay County is home to 230,473 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[3] In the 2011-2012 school year, Liberty Public Schools was the 18th-largest school district in Missouri and served 11,327 students.[4]


Clay County outperformed the rest of Missouri in terms of higher education achievement in 2013. The United States Census Bureau found that 30.6 percent of Clay County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.2 percent for Missouri as a whole. The median household income in Clay County was $60,936 compared to $47,380 for the state of Missouri. The poverty rate in Clay County was 9.0 percent compared to 15.5 percent for the entire state.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2013[3]
Race Clay County (%) Missouri (%)
White 88.5 83.7
Black or African American 5.8 11.7
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 0.5
Asian 2.3 1.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 6.3 3.9

Presidential Voting Pattern, Clay County[5]
Year Democratic Vote Republican Vote
2012 47,310 56,191
2008 53,761 54,516
2004 44,670 51,193
2000 39,084 39,083

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[6]

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