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Lawrence school board candidate to ‘remove’ himself from race after arrest on suspicion of DUI

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A candidate for Lawrence school board has announced plans to “remove” himself from the race following his weekend arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Kevin Coronado, 31, was arrested at East 17th and Rhode Island streets just before 2 a.m. Saturday, according to the Douglas County jail booking log.

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Coronado is one of nine candidates running for a four-year term on the Lawrence school board. He is also pastor at Revive Church in Lawrence. Coronado’s name will still appear on the ballot in the Tuesday, Nov. 7 general election as the deadline to file for election or withdraw from the race was in June.

“Given the present circumstances and my deep care and concern for my colleagues and everyone involved with Kansans United for Public Schools, I have decided to remove myself from the USD 497 school board race,” Coronado wrote in a public post on his campaign Facebook page, Kevin Coronado for USD 497 School Board.

Kansans United for Public Schools is a coalition of Coronado and three other candidates running for school board.

“I will remain supportive of these incredible candidates as I allow the legal process to play out, and want to express my sincere gratitude for the broad showing of support we’ve seen for this movement,” Coronado wrote in the post.

KUPS posted on Facebook that they “100% respect Kevin’s decision, and are so grateful that he will remain involved in KUPS.”

“We also fully understand the seriousness of the allegation, and will refrain from making any comments or judgment until the legal process plays out and we have the facts,” their post stated.

Coronado did not respond to an email seeking comment on the morning following his arrest.

All arrestees and defendants in criminal cases should be presumed not guilty unless and until they are convicted.

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