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Rhonda Lennon
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Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 1
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2009
Term limitsN/A
High schoolSouth Mecklenburg High School
Associate'sCentral Piedmont Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina Charlotte
ProfessionRegistered Nurse
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Rhonda Lennon is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and won re-election to the District 1 seat in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Lennon has lived in Mecklenburg County for 35 years and has three children; two daughters who graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and a son in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. She graduated from South Mecklenburg High School in 1979. She holds an associate degree in nursing from Central Piedmont Community College and a bachelor of arts in business administration from University of North Carolina Charlotte.[1] Lennon is a registered nurse and works as a Clinical Liaison for a specialty infusion company. She started Families United for North Mecklenburg Education (FUME) in 2003 and has served on several education-related committees and boards.[2]


See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elections (2013)



Lennon ran for the District 1 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Christine Mast.


Lennon won the general election on November 5, 2013.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 1, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRhonda Lennon Incumbent 34.8% 5,117
     Nonpartisan Christine Mast 64.5% 9,492
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.7% 100
Total Votes 14,709
Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013


Lennon reported $4,050.00 in contributions and $2,069.07 in expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, which left her campaign with $1,980.93 on hand.[3]


Lennon did receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 1, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRhonda Lennon 49.8% 9,101
     Nonpartisan Robin Bradford 30.7% 5,615
     Nonpartisan Gail Summerskill 18.9% 3,451
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.6% 107
Total Votes 18,274
Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 11, 2013

What was at stake?

Lennon's district 1 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 hasd recently developed a school bond plan to reopen and expand current schools after closing some in 2010.

About the district

See also:Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the district for Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County has population of 969,031.[4]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Mecklenburg County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 60.1 71.9
Black or African American 31.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.5 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[5]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.8 38.0
2008 62.0 38.0
2004 51.6 48.0
2000 48.3 51.0

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