Ed Luera

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Ed Luera
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Former candidate for
Bellevue Board of Directors, District 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sHarvard College
Master'sColumbia University
ProfessionReal estate executive
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Ed Luera was a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Bellevue Board of Directors in Washington. He was defeated by fellow challenger My-Linh Thai in the November 5, 2013 general election to replace outgoing member Paul Mills. Luera campaigned for higher standards in the classroom and improved educational resources for teachers.


Luera earned a B.A. in Economics from Harvard College and a Master's of Public Administration in Columbia University. He previously worked with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey before moving to Washington. Luera is currently Vice President of Leasing and Marketing for Clise Properties, Inc. He and his wife, Dana, have three children attending district schools.[1][2]



See also: Bellevue School District elections (2013)


Luera ran against fellow challenger My-Linh Thai on November 5, 2013.


General election
Bellevue School District, Four-year term, District 5, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 57% 15,642
     Nonpartisan Ed Luera 42.8% 11,734
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 71
Total Votes 27,447
Source: King County Elections, "Certified Results," November 25, 2013

Luera placed second in the primary held on August 6, 2013 for District 4 of the Bellevue Board of Directors. Luera and My-Linh Thai advanced to the November 5, 2013 general election.[3]

Bellevue Board of Directors, Primary, District 4, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMy-Linh Thai 40.9% 7,611
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngEd Luera 35.1% 6,533
     Nonpartisan Erik Fretheim 24% 4,459
Total Votes 18,603
Source: King County Elections


Luera reported $3,825.00 in contributions and no expenditures to the Washington Public Disclosure Commission, which left his campaign with $3,825.00 on hand.[4]


Luera's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:[5]

  • Bill Pollard
  • Dorothy C. Bullitt
  • Lourdes Portillo Salazar
  • Magdaleno Leno Rose-Avila
  • Al Clise
  • Brad Baumann

Campaign themes


Luera provided the following statement for the King County Local Voters' Pamphlet ahead of the August 6, 2013 primary:[6]

"As your Director, I will be a passionate advocate to make certain that our children are not only receiving the best education anywhere, anytime, but that they are also availing themselves of this opportunity. I will make certain that our teachers are provided with the best training, facilities, and administrative support and encouragement to help them develop America’s “best and the brightest.” As a Bellevue youth track and football coach, mentor to local at-risk youth and father of two current Bellevue area high school students, I have found that children will always rise to our level of expectation for them. To expect more is to guarantee it and our children and America’s future demand no less."

What was at stake?

Incumbent Chris Marks sought a third term without opposition in District 3. Tracy Trojovsky and Krischanna Roberson ran for an unexpired two-year term in District 4 left open by the resignation of current member Michael Murphy.[7] The District 5 race to replace outgoing member Paul Mills included newcomers Luera and My-Linh Thai.

About the district

See also: Bellevue School District, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in King County, Washington
Bellevue School District is located in the City of Bellevue in King County, Washington. The population of Bellevue was 122,363 according to the 2010 U.S. Census.[8]


Bellevue outperforms state averages for higher education achievement, median income and poverty. The percentage of city residents over 25 years old with undergraduate degrees (60.7%) exceeds the state average (31.4%). The 2010 U.S. Census calculated Bellevue's median income at $84,503, while the state median income was $58,890. Bellevue had a poverty rate of 6.6% in the 2010 U.S. Census while the state rate was 12.5%.[8]

Racial Demographics, 2012[8]
Race Bellevue (%) Washington (%)
White 62.6 77.3
Black or African American 2.3 3.6
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 1.5
Asian 27.6 7.2
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.2 0.6
Two or More Races 3.9 4.7
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 11.2

Presidential Voting Pattern[9]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 68.7 28.3
2008 70.0 28.0
2004 65.0 33.7
2000 60.0 34.4

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.[10]

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