Kim-Marie Graham

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Kim-Marie Graham
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Board member, Liberty Board of Education, At-large
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Elections and appointments
Last electionApril 8, 2014
First electedApril 5, 2011
Next general2017
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of California at San Diego
Master'sUniversity of Missouri at Kansas City
ProfessionHuman resources personnel
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Kim-Marie Graham is an incumbent on the Liberty school board in Missouri. She won re-election in the general election against one fellow incumbent, Lori Tritz, and four challengers for the three at-large seats on April 8, 2014.


Graham earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California at San Diego and her Master's degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has spent the past 15 years of her career in a variety of human resources positions. She and her husband, Kevin, have two daughters.[1]



See also: Liberty Public Schools elections (2014)


Kim-Marie Graham was opposed by challengers Bruce Cantwell, Don Hubbs Jesse Leimkuehler, Angela Reed and fellow incumbent 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.


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


On March 27, 2014, the Liberty Tribune endorsed Graham, along with fellow incumbent Lori Tritz and newcomer Angela Reed for the board.[3]


Liberty Board of Education, At-large, 3-year term, April 5, 2011, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKim-Marie Graham 21.5% 2,923
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBren Abbott 21.2% 2,876
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLori Tritz 19.5% 2,651
     Nonpartisan Jim Linderer 15.7% 2,131
     Nonpartisan Dan Krueger 15.3% 2,082
     Nonpartisan Tom Saitta 4.5% 617
     Nonpartisan Wayne Aulner 2.1% 288
Total Votes 13,568
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.[4] In the 2011-2012 school year, Liberty Public Schools was the 18th-largest school district in Missouri and served 11,327 students.[5]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2013[4]
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[6]
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.[7]

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