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Where to Find Margaret

Public education is a community conversation. I’m here. Let’s talk

Thurs. – Oct. 26th, 9:30a-11a

Cotswold Neighborhood –  Meet Margaret Event
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Fri. – Oct. 27th, 9:30a-11a

Myers Park Area – Meet Margaret Event
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Fri. – Nov. 3rd, 11:00a

Southminster Area – Meet Margaret Event
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You can also reach me through any of my social media channels (click the icons at the top or bottom of this page.) Above is a running list of events I plan to attend. Check back often for updates or like my Facebook page to receive a notification whenever I add an event.


So Grateful and Thankful

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Thank you!

First, I want to say how proud I am of the number of voters who participated in the electoral process in our district. I have been told all along that District 5 voters participate at much higher levels than the rest of the city.  Many precincts had nearly 30% participation.  I am grateful to live in an area where so many people are engaged, no matter how they voted!

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As I said all along, I am focused on the strength of our schools, because I believe that strong public schools benefit our economy and more importantly our children’s future success.

Everyone has an opinion on schools because of their own personal experience, and believe me, I heard lots of opinions throughout this process.  Some of these problems are fixable in the schoolhouse; some are not.  Having our community engaged in fixing the problems and celebrating successes is the goal.

We have so many incredible students in this area and all over CMS, and I want us all to lift them up and take interest in their journey.  When they are successful, we all are successful.

Nothing great in my life has ever happened without a team.  This team was incredible and had some fun along the way. My “kitchen cabinet” developed and carried out the strategy, and my personal network got the word out and raised their hands to help me out a variety of ways.  I so enjoyed the new people I met throughout the campaign—both stakeholder groups of people who do and do not have children in CMS.  People care about schools around here and I am so grateful for that.

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I am now in the process of “on-boarding.”  I can still be reached through my campaign email and I will have other communication channels ready once the new board is installed.  Busy times are ahead but I am ready to begin.

Thanks for your support and look forward to working with you!


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Leadership: Listen and Respond

Andy Calhoun quote about Margaret Marshall for school board

In this edition:

  • Leadership: Listen and Respond
  • Voting Countdown
  • New Endorsements – Charlotte Teachers & Leaders
  • Can You Complete This Week’s Challenge?

How long have you lived in Charlotte?

Voting Countdown 7 27Most of us aren’t native Charlotteans. I moved here for economic opportunity, great climate, and a family-friendly environment. Maybe you have similar reasons?

Our city and our entire educational system are in a period of change. As a 30-year Charlotte resident with a long participation in our public schools, I have context and perspective on “how we got here.” I think that’s essential in navigating “where we need to go.”

I’ve gained first-hand knowledge of the successes and problems encountered in the past, which uniquely equips me to lead CMS in making positive changes—both efficiently and effectively!

My leadership is straight-foward, but strong—I listen and respond. I don’t have all the answers for how to solve every challenge that our community faces. I DO have the willingness to listen with discernment and the dedication to take action to respond.

Knowing that the best ideas for improving our schools often come from those who are active in our classrooms on a daily basis, I will listen and respond to the thoughts and concerns of our students, parents, teachers, and principals.


Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators CMAE endorse Margaret MarshallI am honored to have the support of our Charlotte Teachers. Thank you, CMAE (Charlotte Mecklenburg Association of Educators) for your endorsement!

I also want to highlight some of our Community Leaders who have given me their support and encouragement:

  • Andy Calhoun – Former President and CEO, YMCA Greater Charlotte
  • Dr. Al Cadenhead – Pastor Emeritus, Providence Baptist Church
  • Betty Graham – Former Principal, Sharon Elementary School
  • Susan Daniel – Executive Director, Social Venture Partners
  • Tom Spivey – Former Principal, Myers Park High School
  • Pete Lash – Beacon Partners; Chairman of the Metro YMCA Board of Directors

To view the current list of 200+ endorsements, CLICK HERE.

Can You Complete This Week’s Challenge?

Badge 5 challengeHere’s something you can do this week to help my campaign:

Talk to FIVE of your friends and neighbors who live near you. Tell them who I am. Tell them one reason why you are voting for me. Ask for their support.

That’s it. Five people. Word-of-mouth is a powerful asset. I know you can do this!

7 Actions to Bring Victory on Nov. 7

1.  Visit my website and find the names of your community leaders, friends, and neighbors who are supporting my campaign and are solidly behind me.  Support my campaign HERE to join the list of over 200 supporters!

2.  We’ve got canvassing down to a science, and it’s a great way to get your steps. (You don’t have to knock on doors.)

3.  Poll greeters will welcome voters and hand out palm cards at the polls during early voting and on Election Day. Choose when you want to come out.

4.  Volunteer from the comfort of your pajamas and make phone calls to likely voters. We’ll supply the list for phone banking.

5.  Get a yard sign for your yard and car magnets for your vehicles.

6.  Talk to your friends and neighbors. Good old fashioned word-of-mouth is still one of the best.

7.  Vote! Vote early (starts Oct. 19). Vote absentee. Vote on Nov. 7th. But please VOTE!

You can let us know your interest in Volunteer Opportunities #2-#5 through this easy, online Volunteer Form.

In serving as the District 5 representative on the School Board, I will continue to listen and respond. Thank you for your support and engagement!


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Margaret Marshall