Martha Mugler seeks a seat on the Ham...

Martha Mugler seeks a seat on the Hampton School Board

There are 47 comments on the Hampton Roads Daily Press story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Martha Mugler seeks a seat on the Hampton School Board. In it, Hampton Roads Daily Press reports that:

A second candidate has entered the race for the at-large seat on the Hampton School Board.

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Independent

Virginia Beach, VA

#1 Feb 5, 2008
Oh, the wife of Hampton's commissioner of the revenue and athe sister of a Hampton teacher.......let's just continue to keep Hampton decision-making in the family.
mommy to 3

United States

#2 Feb 5, 2008
huh...were you going to step up?
Proud Hamptonian

Hampton, VA

#3 Feb 5, 2008
Independent wrote:
Oh, the wife of Hampton's commissioner of the revenue and athe sister of a Hampton teacher.......let's just continue to keep Hampton decision-making in the family.
I must agree. What changes when the same old thoughts and cycles are involved. I don't know whether I should throw my hat in or move. The latter of course is the easier.
SE VA MWC Alum

Hampton, VA

#4 Feb 5, 2008
Martha Mugler is a nice lady, intelligent, and articulate. She would probably do a good job. Steve Hancock is a nice guy too, but Mrs. Mugler seems much more qualified.

For those that are so unsatisfied, why dont you run?
I am Independent-mode rate

Norfolk, VA

#5 Feb 5, 2008
I believe that Martha Mugler will make an excellent School Board member. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she is the wife of the Hampton Commissioner of the Revenue. I have known her for many years and have witnessed first hand, her numerous civic, charitable and volunteer endeavors. Martha is a mother of children that attend Hampton City Public Schools. Martha has given countless hours of volunteering as a classroom mother, class chaperone, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) board member, PTA President and has been involved in youth activites such as scouts. She brings the experience of having worked in the government and private sectors. All of this is why she will make a terrific school board member for Hampton City Schools. Her willingness to serve on the school board to make the school system the best it can be serves as a model for many to emmulate. Although I don't live in Hampton and cannot vote for her, I will encourage anyone I know that does reside in the City of Hampton to Vote for Martha Mugler for the Hampton school board! A tradition of public service that runs in the family is not a negative thing, it is honorable and most laudable!
Hampton Resident

United States

#6 Feb 5, 2008
the city of hampton needs some fresh young blood and unfortunately mrs.mugler is not one of them.

NEXT!!!!!!!!!!
Why so negative

Norfolk, VA

#7 Feb 5, 2008
Independent wrote:
Oh, the wife of Hampton's commissioner of the revenue and athe sister of a Hampton teacher.......let's just continue to keep Hampton decision-making in the family.
OK so let me see if I got this right--you are saying that just because this lady's name is "Mugler", that she is not capable of thoughts independent of her husband? Heaven forbid that she be the sister of a teacher who might have a better grasp of what is happening in the schools than anybody else. I wonder if she had a different last name from her husband if anybody would know who she is and would have all these negative comments. Why not give her a chance and see what she can do? I am sure she wants the best for the kids, including her own. Unless of course you would like to step up ;o)
Independent

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Feb 6, 2008
A tradition of the same old names in Hampton is what it is. No offense to the lady who is probably a very nice person and a good mother with good intentions. BUT, that doesn't negate the fact that her husband holds a very high position in city government. Commissioner of the Revenue, school board expenditures and decision-making on those expenditure - it all gets muddled together. I think Steve Hancock is fine on school board and probably an independent thinker. I don't see any reason this man should lose his seat on the school board.
I am Independent-moderate wrote:
I believe that Martha Mugler will make an excellent School Board member. It has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that she is the wife of the Hampton Commissioner of the Revenue. I have known her for many years and have witnessed first hand, her numerous civic, charitable and volunteer endeavors. Martha is a mother of children that attend Hampton City Public Schools. Martha has given countless hours of volunteering as a classroom mother, class chaperone, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) board member, PTA President and has been involved in youth activites such as scouts. She brings the experience of having worked in the government and private sectors. All of this is why she will make a terrific school board member for Hampton City Schools. Her willingness to serve on the school board to make the school system the best it can be serves as a model for many to emmulate. Although I don't live in Hampton and cannot vote for her, I will encourage anyone I know that does reside in the City of Hampton to Vote for Martha Mugler for the Hampton school board! A tradition of public service that runs in the family is not a negative thing, it is honorable and most laudable!
Independent

Portsmouth, VA

#9 Feb 6, 2008
Again, it's not just that her name is Mugler or a case of being negative, it's that her husband is the Commissioner of the Revenue FOR HAMPTON. If he was Commissioner of the Revenue for another city that would be an entirely different matter. But he is a Hampton official who has responsibility for collection of monies. It's the same old people trying to run the decision making in Hampton.
Why so negative wrote:
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OK so let me see if I got this right--you are saying that just because this lady's name is "Mugler", that she is not capable of thoughts independent of her husband? Heaven forbid that she be the sister of a teacher who might have a better grasp of what is happening in the schools than anybody else. I wonder if she had a different last name from her husband if anybody would know who she is and would have all these negative comments. Why not give her a chance and see what she can do? I am sure she wants the best for the kids, including her own. Unless of course you would like to step up ;o)
Casual Observer

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Feb 6, 2008
So, Kellum to run for Council so no longer on the school board. Mugler (wife of the Commissioner of the Revenue) now runs for school board. Kellum is part of the "Eason team" so is Mugler part of the "Eason team" too? Just wondering.(Nothing like trying to restack the deck with Easonites).
Why so negative

Norfolk, VA

#11 Feb 6, 2008
Independent wrote:
Again, it's not just that her name is Mugler or a case of being negative, it's that her husband is the Commissioner of the Revenue FOR HAMPTON. If he was Commissioner of the Revenue for another city that would be an entirely different matter. But he is a Hampton official who has responsibility for collection of monies. It's the same old people trying to run the decision making in Hampton.
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I know who Ross Mugler is. I just do not understand why people would assume that this family would try to do harm to children because they both represent an office in the same city---that logic befuddles me. Martha Mugler would want to be in office so they could funnel money to other places other then the schools? I am quite confused by this logic. Also, it is not like she would be in charge of the whole Board and every decision that it makes. There are other people who vote on the School Board.
Someone stated in another post that Mrs Mugler would be taking the seat from Mr Hancock---I believe if I read correctly, that they are both trying to fill Mrs Kellums' spot. She would not be taking anybody out of office. This is why we have elections
Mo Money

AOL

#12 Feb 6, 2008
Yes. Just what we need in a recession. More funding for education. That's right. And if you elecet me, I promise 10 thousand more computers to replace the ones you broke or never used. 2 million more books to replace the ones ripped apart. I promise to add 10% to your foreclosed property tax. Hurry hurry, step right up.
hampton parent

Newport News, VA

#13 Feb 6, 2008
Let's wait and see what she has to offer before making a decision. VA ranks 32nd in funding for our schools. We need people that will put our best interest out there. The current school board has not done anything to impress me lately. I don't think the citizens, parents or school employees have had a voice since Steve Hancock left but let's see what her postions are before making a decision.
Are you kidding

Norfolk, VA

#14 Feb 6, 2008
Mo Money wrote:
Yes. Just what we need in a recession. More funding for education. That's right. And if you elecet me, I promise 10 thousand more computers to replace the ones you broke or never used. 2 million more books to replace the ones ripped apart. I promise to add 10% to your foreclosed property tax. Hurry hurry, step right up.
You are joking---right???
I really hope so!
Concerned Hampton Citizen

Hampton, VA

#15 Feb 6, 2008
Anyone that knows Martha Mugler knows that she is a wonderful lady who is very intelligent and would be an asset to the Hampton School Board. Her involvement in the PTA and other community organizations clearly shows a history of dedication. I have known Martha for 12 years and feel honored to have her as a friend.
I believe if people knew about the past of Mr. Hancock they would think twice before voting for him. Clearly, someone who has had a restraining order placed against him and been part of a criminal investigation does not need to be on the Hampton School Board.
just me

Newport News, VA

#16 Feb 6, 2008
I will listen to how Mrs. Mugler's campaign plays out but it would be nice to have Mr. Hancock advocate for HCS employees again.
Teacher in Hampton

Hampton, VA

#17 Feb 6, 2008
Since I have been mentioned in previous post, I feel compelled to respond to some of the comments which have been made. I am Martha Mugler's sister, and I am proud to say that I believe she is an excellent candidate for the seat that is being vacated by Ruth Ann Kellum. Do I base that on the fact that she is my sister? Of course not. Martha has been involved in the public schools for many years. She has been deeply involved in her own children's schools as a volunteer and as PTA president. In order to know what goes on in our school system, you must actually be a part of it, not just read the negative aspects of todays public schools. Martha has attempted to be a positive role model for others to follow. Unfortunately,in today's society, there are very few parents who are willing to take part and be an active participant in their children's lives. The fact that she wants to serve her community is admirable.
More Money not the Answer

Cape Charles, VA

#18 Feb 6, 2008
The private schools do so much better with so much less money and facilities. More money is not the answer. Responsible parenting and discipline in the home is the answer. Another school board member who wants more tax money can't do a thing to buy good,responsible, involved parents.
hampton parent wrote:
Let's wait and see what she has to offer before making a decision. VA ranks 32nd in funding for our schools. We need people that will put our best interest out there. The current school board has not done anything to impress me lately. I don't think the citizens, parents or school employees have had a voice since Steve Hancock left but let's see what her postions are before making a decision.
what is the answer

Hampton, VA

#19 Feb 6, 2008
Let me get this straight? Your post comes from Virginia Beach? Why would you be so interested in a candidate for Hampton's school board? In addition, where did Mugler say that she wishes to increase taxes in order to better fund schools. Furthermore, the school board has absolutely "Nothing" to do with raising or lowering taxes. Do your homework!
question for just me

Hampton, VA

#20 Feb 6, 2008
Let me ask "Just Me" what Mr. Hancock ever advocated for Hampton teachers? I might agree that he appeared to be "pro" teacher, but what changes did he ever help bring about?... Example: New schools are now in the works... Teacher raises are finally making a slow climb to where they should be. What exactly did Steven Hancock do while he was on the board? Just because you believe he was an advocate does not mean he actually was responsible for any "positive" change with Hampton's Public Schools during tenure.

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