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Peggy Higgins
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Board member, Prince George's County Board of Education, District 2
Former officeholder
In office
2010 - 2014
Term ends
November 2014
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First elected2010
Term limitsN/A
Master'sCatholic University
OtherM.S., University of Maryland-College Park
ProfessionDepartmental director
Office website
Peggy Higgins was the District 2 representative on the Prince George's County Board of Education in Maryland. She was first elected to the board in 2010. She ran for re-election against challenger Lupi Grady in a general election on November 4, 2014. Higgins and Grady advance from the June 24, 2014, primary by default as they were the only two candidates to file for the District 2 seat. Peggy Higgins lost the general election on November 4, 2014.


Higgins earned a master's degree in social work from Catholic University. She also holds a master's degree in general administration from the University of Maryland-College Park. Higgins is a licensed social worker and currently serves as the director of the Youth, Family and Senior Services Department for the City of College Park.[1]



See also: Prince George's County Public Schools elections (2014)


Peggy Higgins sought re-election against Lupi Grady in the general election on November 4, 2014. Races for District 3, 6 and 9 were on the primary ballot on June 24, 2014. Incumbent Amber Waller faced Dinora A. Hernandez and Clarence Emmanuel for the District 3 seat. Waller and Hernandez advanced to the general election. District 6 incumbent Carolyn M. Boston faced Pat Fletcher and Darin Kenley in the primary. Boston and Fletcher advanced to the general election. District 9 incumbent Sonya Williams faced Domonique A. Flowers, Johnnie R. Isaac and Denise M. Joseph in the primary. Williams and Flowers advanced to the general election.


Prince George's County Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLupi Grady 53.4% 8,041
     Nonpartisan Peggy Higgins Incumbent 46.3% 6,984
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 47
Total Votes 15,072
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election Results for Prince George's County," December 2, 2014


Higgins reported $4,832.13 in contributions and $534.13 in expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $4,297.99 on hand as of June 6, 2014.[2]


Higgins had not received any official endorsements as of April 25, 2014.


Prince George's County Public Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Higgins 67.4% 10,543
     Nonpartisan Mark Cook 32.2% 5,037
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.3% 54
Total Votes 15,634
Source: Prince George's County, "Election Summary Report," November 24, 2010

Campaign themes


Higgins provided the following statement on her campaign website:

My service to you has included--
  • Assisting hundreds of parents and students in navigating the school system bureaucracy
  • Partnering with local PTAs to increase parent engagement
  • Advocating for individual school needs
  • Supporting the work of dedicated employees through enhanced salary/benefits


  • District 2 elementary and middle school average 14 points above the county reading and math averages
  • Increased High School rate at Parkdale High School by 13% up to 91.5%
  • Eleanor Roosevelt High School continues to be ranked among the highest performing school in the nation (US News and World Report)

Capital Improvements

  • Opening of long awaited New Greenbelt Middle School (2012)
  • Opening of new College Park Academy 6th - 12th grade (2012)
  • New parking lot at Lamont Elementary School (2012)
  • City of Greenbelt School Partnership at old Greenbelt Middle School
  • Town of Riverdale Park/School partnership for new playground at Riverdale Park Elementary


  • ​Peggy Higgins, a 22-year Greenbelt resident, is a public servant and leader in our community.
  • Elected School Board Member, 2010 - Present
  • Longtime, dedicated public servant with Masters in Administration and Masters in Social Work serving Prince George's County as a family social worker for more than 30 years.
  • Peggy knows our community and understands family and student issues.[3]

—Peggy Higgins's campaign website, (2014)[4]

What was at stake?

Issues in the district

End of temporary visa sponsorship

The district announced that it will no longer sponsor temporary work visas in a letter to more than 150 foreign teachers distributed in April 2014. District schools have used the federal work visa program to recruit teachers in specialized subjects over the past 10 years. The decision by district officials follows an investigation by the U.S. Department of Labor into misuses of the visa program in 2011. Prince George's County Public Schools was fined $1.7 million and repaid $4.2 million in back wages after federal investigators determined that the district passed along visa fees to participating teachers. Federal law requires employers to pay worker visa fees. This investigation also prevented the district from recruiting new visa recipients in 2012. The district received federal approval to resume use of the worker visa program in March 2014 but clarified its new position in the April letter.[5]

About the district

See also: Prince George's County Public Schools, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is located in Prince George's County, Maryland
Prince George's County Public Schools is based in Upper Marlboro, the county seat of Prince George's County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Prince George's County is home to 890,081 residents.[6] Prince George's County Public Schools was the second-largest school district in Maryland, serving 123,833 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


Prince George's County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 29.5 percent of Prince George's County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Prince George's County was $73,568 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Prince George's County was 8.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Prince George's County (%) Maryland (%)
White 26.5 60.8
Black or African American 65.3 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 1.0 0.5
Asian 4.4 6.0
Two or More Races 2.6 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 15.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[8]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 441,584
Unaffiliated 59,107
Republicans 43,671
Other 16,411
Libertarian 1,061
Green 772
Total 562,655

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.[9] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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