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CMS board chair Mary McCray files for a second term

Mary McCray, CMS board chairperson for the last three years, filed Wednesday for a second term.
Mary McCray, CMS board chairperson for the last three years, filed Wednesday for a second term. mhames@charlotteobserver.com

CMS school board Chairperson Mary McCray filed for a second term Wednesday, bringing the field to eight for the three at-large seats.

McCray, a retired teacher and leader of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Association of Educators, finished second among 14 candidates in 2011. She was elected vice chair her first year and has led the board for the last three years.

McCray, a Democrat, and Vice Chair Tim Morgan, a Republican, brought a bipartisan approach and an affable personal style that helped the board shed its reputation for bickering. The two were in charge in 2013, when the Council of Urban Boards of Education gave CMS its annual award for urban school board excellence. (Morgan isn’t running, and as a GOP official he’s not endorsing a Democrat, but he’s signaling strong support for McCray’s second term.)

But McCray was also front and center when Superintendent Heath Morrison was pressured to resign last fall. She led a communication effort that was marked by stumbles, starting with a brief attempt to tell the public he was quitting to care for his ailing mother.

McCray doesn’t have a current campaign website, but she’s on Facebook and Twitter (@R2MaryMcCray) and you can find her contact info on the Board of Elections candidate list. Click here to find early write-ups on the other seven candidates – and stay tuned to see if anyone else jumps in before filing closes at noon Friday.

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