Chris Meek (North Carolina)
|Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Stony Brook|
|Master's||University of Stony Brook|
Meek earned a B.A. in political science and a M.A. in history from the University of Stony Brook. He is currently working on a Ph.D. in leadership in school administration from Capella University. Meek has been a teacher at district schools since 2001. He and his wife, Trish, have five children.
Chris Meek and fellow Democratic candidates Tom Gale and Emma Saunders are seeking election to the board in the general election on November 4, 2014. They will face Republican candidates Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes, Ed Higgins and Bruce Shell.
Meek has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections.
Meek has not received any official endorsements as of April 29, 2014.
Meek's campaign website lists his themes for the 2014 campaign:
My issues are simple. I believe our educational systems need to protect the rights of all students in public schools, recruit and retain excellent teachers and protect public schools from further dismantling by the corporate sponsored legislation that is being passed in the North Carolina Legislature.
Our children need and deserve the very best that Public Education has to offer. We have a responsibility and obligation to provide that for them. This is how I propose to do this:
Protecting the Rights of All Students in our Classrooms
Recruiting and Retaining Excellent Teachers
—Chris Meek's campaign website, (2014), 
What's at stake?
Issues in the election
April 17 candidate forum
All five candidates in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary participated in an April 17, 2014 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear. The candidates reached consensus on several issues including the need to reverse a 2013 state budget provision that eliminated starting pay increases of 10 percent for new teachers with master's degrees. Jim Brumit supported repeal of the provision but believes that the pay increase should be smaller. There was also unanimous support for allowing greater school choice for parents but voiced opposition to publicly funded vouchers for students at charters and private schools in New Hanover County. Don Hayes expressed concerns about the lack of accountability for charter schools as well as the negative effects of preferential treatment for charters.
About the districtNew Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents. New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
New Hanover County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of New Hanover County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in New Hanover County was $50,420 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in New Hanover County was 16.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
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- Elect Chris Meek, "About Chris," accessed April 29, 2014
- LinkedIn, "Chris Meek," accessed April 29, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Elect Chris Meek, "Issues," accessed April 29, 2014
- Lumina News, "Candidates weigh in on county issues," April 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "New Hanover County, North Carolina," accessed April 29, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 29, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed April 29, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 New Hanover County Schools Elections|
|Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Janice Cavenaugh • Tom Gale • Don Hayes • Ed Higgins • Chris Meek • Emma Saunders • Bruce Shell|
Candidates defeated in primary: • Jim Brumit
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|