Tom Tate

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Tom Tate
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Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 4
Incumbent
Term ends
2017
Years in position 9
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2005
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sPrinceton University
OtherUnion Theological Seminary
Personal
ProfessionPastor
Tom Tate is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board. He was first elected to the chamber in 2005 and served as the board's vice chair from 2009 to 2011. He won re-election to the District 4 seat in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Biography

Tate came to Charlotte in 1988, when he became pastor of Plaza Presbyterian Church. He is a graduate of Princeton University and received his doctor of ministry degree from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia. He has served as co-chair of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Interfaith Advisory Council. Tom has two daughters, both graduates of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He chairs the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Policy Committee and is a liaison to the Planning Coordinating Committee.[1]

Elections

2013

See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elections (2013)

Opposition

Tate ran for the District 4 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Queen Elizabeth Thompson.

Results


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 4, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tate Incumbent 56.9% 6,977
     Nonpartisan Queen Elizabeth Thompson 42.6% 5,228
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.5% 61
Total Votes 12,266
Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013


Funding

Tate reported $1,154.85 in contributions and $216.89 in expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $937.96 on hand.[2]

Endorsements

Tate did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

2011

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 4, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tate Incumbent 51.6% 6,160
     Nonpartisan Clarence Paul Puckett 13.6% 1,628
     Nonpartisan Peter Sidebottom 24.2% 2,886
     Nonpartisan Mark Sims 10.5% 1,258
Total Votes 11,932
Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 8, 2009," accessed September 13, 2013

2009

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 4, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Tate 97.8% 9,579
     Nonpartisan Write-in 2.2% 213
Total Votes 9,792
Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 13, 2013


What was at stake?

Tate's 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

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 is home to 969,031 residents.[3]

Demographics

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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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[4]
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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