Christie Craig

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Christie Craig
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Board member, Chesapeake School Board, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
May 2018
Years in position 4
Leadership
Board Chair
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
First electedMay 4, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolWestern Branch High School
Personal
ProfessionChief of staff
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
Christie Craig campaign logo
Christie Craig is an at-large member of the Chesapeake School Board in Virginia. She was first elected to the board in 2011. Craig won re-election to one of five seats on the board against nine other candidates during the general election on May 6, 2014.

Biography

Craig received her high school diploma from Western Branch High School in 1985. She has served as the chief of staff for Virginia State Senator John Cosgrove since 2001. Craig is also the CEO of Christie's Catering.[1] Craig and her husband, Merrill, have three children who attended district schools and five grandchildren currently attending district schools.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Chesapeake Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Christie Craig sought re-election to an at-large seat against fellow incumbents Harry A. Murphy and Michael J. Woods and seven challengers during the general election on May 10, 2014. Board members Bonita Billingsley Harris and Ann R. Wiggins did not file for re-election by the March 4, 2014 deadline.

Results

Chesapeake Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristie Craig Incumbent 12.3% 8,275
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngColleen C. Leary 12.3% 8,261
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry A. Murphy Incumbent 11.4% 7,698
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael J. Woods Incumbent 11% 7,388
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLouis J. Tayon, Jr. 10% 6,748
     Nonpartisan Brenda J. Johnson 10% 6,716
     Nonpartisan Les Smith, Jr. 9.7% 6,543
     Nonpartisan Kimberly S. Hobbs 8.2% 5,525
     Nonpartisan Michael David Brown 7.7% 5,188
     Nonpartisan Wilford A. Clark, Jr. 7.3% 4,892
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 116
Total Votes 67,350
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "Official Results - General and Special Elections - May 6, 2014," May 6, 2014

Funding

Craig did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections ahead of the election.[3]

Endorsements

Craig received the endorsement of the Republican Party of Chesapeake in March 2014.[4] The Virginian-Pilot endorsed Craig ahead of the May 6, 2014 election.[5]

2010

Chesapeake Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, May 4, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames A. "Jay" Leftwich, Jr. 13.7% 11,673
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael J. Woods 12.7% 10,798
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngHarry A. Murphy 12.7% 10,771
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristie Craig 12.2% 10,383
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBonita Billingsley Harris 11.9% 10,101
     Nonpartisan Sheila G. Hill-Russ 11.3% 9,575
     Nonpartisan Colleen C. Leary 6.5% 5,525
     Nonpartisan Robert G. "Bob" Robinson 6.5% 5,507
     Nonpartisan Sam L. Boone, Jr. 5.5% 4,709
     Nonpartisan Victoria L. Proffitt 4.1% 3,495
     Nonpartisan Jack J. Bider 2.7% 2,314
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 105
Total Votes 84,956
Source: Virginia State Board of Elections, "May 4, 2010 City Elections Official Results," accessed March 12, 2014

About the district

See also: Chesapeake Public Schools, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, Virginia
Chesapeake Public Schools is located in Chesapeake, a city in southeastern Virginia. According to the United States Census Bureau, Chesapeake is home to 228,417 residents.[6] Chesapeake Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Virginia, serving 39,468 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]

Demographics

Chesapeake underperformed in comparison to the rest of Virginia in terms of higher education achievement in 2010. The United States Census Bureau found that 28.4 percent of Chesapeake residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 34.7 percent for Virginia as a whole. The median household income in Chesapeake was $70,244 compared to $63,636 for the state of Virginia. The poverty rate in Chesapeake was 8.3 percent compared to 11.1 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2010[6]
Race Chesapeake (%) Virginia (%)
White 62.6 68.6
Black or African American 29.8 19.4
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.4
Asian 2.9 5.5
Two or More Races 3.0 2.9
Hispanic or Latino 4.4 7.9

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[8]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 49.8 48.8
2008 50.2 48.9
2004 42.3 57.1
2000 45.2 53.2

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.[9]

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