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Michael David Brown

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Michael David Brown
Michael D. Brown.jpg
Former candidate for
Board member, Chesapeake School Board, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sOld Dominion University
ProfessionPolice officer
Campaign website
Michael David Brown campaign logo
Michael David Brown was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Chesapeake School Board in Virginia. He lost election to one of five seats on the board against nine other candidates in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Brown earned his bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Old Dominion University in 1983. He has been a police officer with the Chesapeake Police Department since 1993. Brown and his wife, Patricia, have three children who have attended district schools.[1]



See also: Chesapeake Public Schools elections (2014)


Michael David Brown sought election to an at-large seat against incumbents Christie Craig, Harry A. Murphy and Michael J. Woods and six challengers in 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.


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


Brown did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Virginia State Board of Elections ahead of the election.[2]


Brown received the endorsement of the Chesapeake Democratic Committee on March 14, 2014.[3]

Campaign themes


Brown's campaign website explained his reasons for running in 2014:

I decided to become a candidate for the School Board because of the excellent education my children received from Indian River High School. I believe I have the ability to be an asset to each student attending our school system. I know the level of dedication and devotion faculty and staff place into getting our children ready for adulthood, college, trade schools, and of course employment. I believe this attitude is embraced throughout the school system. There is no shortage of teachers and faculty with the desire to deliver to our children the high quality education necessary to be competitive in today’s world. I want each school equipped with the tools and resources essential to affect high quality performance in both or teachers and each child; in order to achieve effective and efficient result. By accomplishing this goal, our school system will become the envy of other school systems across the region, state and nation.


—Michael David Brown's campaign website, (2014), [1]

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.[5] Chesapeake Public Schools is the seventh-largest school district in Virginia, serving 39,468 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2010[5]
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[7]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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