Queen Elizabeth Thompson
|Queen Elizabeth Thompson|
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|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 4|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||Johnson C. Smith University|
|Master's||Southern Illinois University|
|Other||University of Delaware, University of Oklahoma and the University of North Carolina|
Thompson was born in Charlotte, North Carolina and grew up in the District 4 school district. She is marred to husband, Melvin, and has two daughters who graduated from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. Thompson is retired from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools where she monitored federal compliance and coordinated services for members of special populations. Thompson graduated from Johnson C. Smith University in Charlotte in 1968. She holds a master's in Counseling Psychology from Southern Illinois University and has also done further graduate studies at the University of Delaware, University of Oklahoma and the University of North Carolina. She has been a part-time instructor at Western Oklahoma Community College, Central Piedmont Community College and has been a visiting co-instructor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Thompson became a social worker for Union County Department of Social Services in Monroe, North Carolina where she worked in public assistance and child welfare and protective services and she was a juvenile probation officer. She also did pre-release investigations for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. During this time, Thompson developed a community transition program for persons moving into public housing from rural communities into the city. Thompson also did public service work in Delaware, where she worked with the ACL-CIO Union Shop Steward for the State of Delaware Department of Social Services, certified and trained in Child Welfare and Protective Services by the National Center for Child Abuse and Protective Services in Denver, Colorado, and coordinated Education and Medical Services for multi-handicapped children, blind and deaf-blind children for the Delaware Bureau f/t Visually Impaired. Her work in Delaware also included organizing a support organization called “POWER” (Parents and Organizations Working for Exceptional Residents) and facilitating classes and training on self advocacy and empowerment for parents and persons with disabilities. Thompson has also worked as a Clinical Social Worker for Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and as a hospital Director of Social Work. She is a 30 year plus member of the American Association of University Women, has served as the Diversity chair for the State of North Carolina, has served on the AAUW National Legal Advocacy Board and as the chairperson of the Charlotte Branch NAACP Legal Redress Committee.
Thompson ran for the District 4 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against incumbent Tom Tate.
Thompson lost the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 4, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Tom Tate Incumbent||56.9%||6,977|
|Nonpartisan||Queen Elizabeth Thompson||42.6%||5,228|
|Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013|
Thompson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
Thompson did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
What was at stake?
The District 4 seat was at stake as well as the financial security of the district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools experienced budget difficulties in recent years and the board had recently developed a school bond plan to reopen and expand current schools after closing some in 2010.
About the district
The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.
- "Biographical Sketch, "Queen Elizabeth Norwood Thompson," accessed September 13, 2013
- "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Mecklenburg County Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 5, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013