Earlier today James Smallwood announced that he would no longer be seeking the School Board Seat A position -- a seat previously held by Bettye Davis, who had written to the School Board in support of Margo Bellamy. Smallwood has instead decided to run in 2020 for School Board Seat C against Dave Donley, leaving Margo Bellamy as the only progressive on the 2019 ballot.
In a press release, James Smallwood endorsed candidate Margo Bellamy for the seat, stating, “Margo Bellamy is a leader in our community and a strong candidate…I am excited to support Margo in this race and then I will get started earlier and work as hard as I can to win my next race.”
Margo Bellamy is appreciative of the support from Smallwood, and the opportunity for voters to align their values with one progressive candidate. Bellamy has said, “I respect and appreciate James’s extremely difficult decision. He and I share the same values and want what is best for the School Board, the children of the Anchorage School District, and our communities. His endorsement is incredibly meaningful to me and I am so pleased to be united with him in this race for the School Board.”
Bellamy’s message to voters is that she’s excited to reach out to talk about issues, and how Anchorage’s values can build great schools and strong communities.
Margo Bellamy has been in education for over 43 years. She has experience working as a Teacher, Librarian, Assistant Principal, Principal, and Executive Director within the Anchorage School District. She has raised two children that attended schools in the Anchorage School District, and now has grandchildren in the school system. She has been involved with several community organizations throughout her life including serving on the Anchorage’s Promise Kids Day Planning Committee, the Advisory Committee for Clare House, the NAACP, and the board of the YWCA. Margo is an Adjunct Professor in the Educational Leadership Program and Clinical supervisor at the University of Alaska-Anchorage where she supervises Principal Interns and Teacher Interns.