|Former candidate for|
|Douglas County School Board, District D|
|Bachelor's||University of Utah|
|Master's||University of Colorado-Denver|
|Profession||Small business owner|
In 2009, he was defeated by Dan Gerkin for the same seat. 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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
Leung's campaign website listed the following endorsements for 2013:
- 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.
Leung first ran for the District D seat in 2009, but was defeated by incumbent Dan Gerken. 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.
|Douglas County School District, District D, 2009|
Leung's campaign website listed the following issues for his 2013 campaign:
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."
"Increase funding for capital maintenance on charter, neighborhood, and alternative school properties."
"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 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.
- Colorado school districts
- Douglas County School District elections (2013)
- Douglas County School District, Colorado
- Our Colorado News, "Final board candidate list set," September 6, 2013
- Denver Post "Douglas County School District 2009 Election Results" Accessed July 19, 2013
- Kevin Leung for Douglas County Schools "Issues" Accessed July 19, 2013
- LinkedIn "Kevin Leung" Accessed July 19, 2013
- Kevin Leung for Douglas County Schools "About Kevin" Accessed July 19, 1987
- Colorado Secretary of State Elections Division TRACER Search, Accessed 7/22/13
- Kevin Leung for Douglas County Schools, "News and Endorsements," Accessed August 30, 2013
- EdNews Voices, "Voices: Declining a party endorsement in school board elections," July 25, 2013
- Douglas County Clerk and Recorder, "Coordinated Election Results, November 3, 2009," accessed July 22, 2013
- Jeremy P. Meyer, The Denver Post, "Douglas County school board race turning into partisan battle," October 20, 2009
- Kevin Leung for Douglas County Schools, accessed July 19, 2013
- U.S. Census, "Douglas County Quick Facts, accessed July 16, 2013
- Colorado Secretary of State, “Voter Registration Numbers,” Accessed July 19, 2013