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.
Tate ran for the District 4 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Queen Elizabeth Thompson.
|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|
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.
Tate did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 4, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Tom Tate Incumbent||51.6%||6,160|
|Nonpartisan||Clarence Paul Puckett||13.6%||1,628|
|Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 8, 2009," accessed September 13, 2013|
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 4, 2009|
|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
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.
- "CMS Board of Education," "Tom Tate," accessed September 13, 2013
- "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Mecklenburg County Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013, 2013
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 5, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013