Kevin Leung

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Kevin Leung
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Douglas County School Board, District D
Former candidate
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Utah
Master'sUniversity of Colorado-Denver
Personal
ProfessionSmall business owner
Websites
Campaign website
Kevin Leung was a candidate running for the District D seat on the Douglas County School District Board of Education. He was running for the District B seat in the November 5, 2013 general election but failed to submit nominating petitions by the August 30 deadline.[1]

In 2009, he was defeated by Dan Gerkin for the same seat.[2] Leung campaigned against increased budget cuts and fund balances, a return to the distinction rating for DCSD and against the district's school voucher program.[3]

Biography

Leung graduated with a B.S. from the University of Utah in 1990. He later earned a M.B.A. and M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Colorado-Denver.[4] Leung served as a consultant to the U.S. Army during the First Gulf War and received a Certificate of Appreciation. He is currently an IT consultant and the owner of Magic Rabbit Carwash, Detail & Lube Co. Leung and his wife of 23 years, Shirley, currently reside in Castle Rock, Colorado.[5]

Elections

2013

See also: Douglas County School District elections (2013)

Opposition

Kevin Leung was running for the District D seat currently held by Dan Gerkin but failed to submit nominating petitions by the August 30 filing deadline.

Funding

As of July 22, 2013, no campaign donations or expenditures for Kevin Leung have been reported to the Colorado Secretary of State. He currently has $650.00 remaining from his 2009 campaign.[6]

Endorsements

Leung's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:[7]

  • Asian Pacific Business Journal
  • Colorado Chinese News

Leung refused to interview with the Douglas County Republicans after starting his campaign in July 2013. "I believe that local, nonpartisan school board elections should not be drawn into party politics. Decisions and agendas should not become strongly influenced by party ideologies instead of serving the people and the children in our schools," said Leung.[8]

2009

Leung first ran for the District D seat in 2009, but was defeated by incumbent Dan Gerken.[9] The school board is officially nonpartisan though political endorsements impacted the campaign. The Douglas County Republican Party endorsed Gerken and fellow candidates John Carson, Meghann Silverthorn, and Doug Benevento, while the Douglas County Federation of Teachers and Classified Employees endorsed Leung.[10]

Douglas County School District, District D, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Gerken 59.5% 26,726
     Nonpartisan Kevin Leung 40.5% 18,209
Total Votes 44,935

Campaign themes

Leung's campaign website listed the following issues for his 2013 campaign:[11]

Maintain academic excellence

"I will work to ensure adequate resources are allocated to the school principals and to ensure more responsive communication with school accountability councils to improve their schools."

Improve financial management

"I will restore efficient use of taxpayers’ money to maximize educational opportunities, reduce class size and restore the lost instructional time in high schools, benefiting both charter and neighborhood schools’ students enrolled to DCSD high schools."

Improve employee morale

"DCSD should seek to attract and retain great employees who can excite and motivate students and work well with parents."

Project funding

"Increase funding for capital maintenance on charter, neighborhood, and alternative school properties."

Charter schools

"Create an advisory committee on charter schools to address charter schools’ concerns, and to promote cooperation between charter and neighborhood schools. I will strive to reform the District Accountability Committee so it will become a truly independent advisory committee that represents the diversity of our school district."

About the district

See also: Douglas County School District, Colorado
Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, CO
Douglas County School District is located in Douglas County, Colorado. Douglas County is located between the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs and the county seat is Castle Rock. According to the 2010 US Census, Douglas County is home to 285,465 residents.[12]

Demographics

Douglas County outperforms the rest of Colorado based on average household income, poverty rate and graduation rates in 2011. The average household income in Douglas County was $101,193 compared to $57,685 for the state of Colorado. The poverty rate in Douglas County was 3.5% compared to 12.5% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 54.6% of Douglas County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 36.3% in Colorado.[12]

Racial Demographics, 2012[12]
Race Douglas County (%) Colorado (%)
White 91.9 88.1
Black or African American 1.3 4.3
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.6
Asian 3.9 3.0
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.2
Two or More Races 2.3 2.8
Hispanic or Latino 8.0 21.0

Party Affiliation, 2013[13]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 84,620 48.3
Unaffiliated 53,539 30.6
Democratic 35,545 20.3
Libertarian 1,069 0.6
American Constitution 167 0
Green 163 0


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