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Jesse Leimkuehler

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Jesse Leimkuehler
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Former candidate for
Board member, Liberty Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWilliam Jewell College
Master'sUniversity of Missouri at Kansas City
Date of birthMay 10, 1974
ProfessionCEO and Operations Manager, Belvoir Winery
Jesse Leimkuehler 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.


Leimkuehler has his Bachelor's degree from William Jewell College and his Master's degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. He is currently the CEO and Operations Manager of Belvoir Winery, a post he has held since 2009. He ran unsuccessfully for Clay County Treasurer in 2012. He and his wife, Melissa, have two daughters.[1]



See also: Liberty Public Schools elections (2014)


Jesse Leimkuehler was opposed by fellow challengers Bruce Cantwell, Don Hubbs, 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 (dead link) These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


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


Leimkuehler did not receive an endorsement in this election.


Clay County Treasurer, Republican Representative, Primary Election, August 7, 2012, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngTed Graves 54.1% 7,802
     Republican Jesse Leimkuehler 45.9% 6,614
Total Votes 14,416
Source: Election Summary Report, "Clay County, MO," accessed February 12, 2014

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: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[6] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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