Get to Know Megan Walsh

Get to Know Megan Walsh

Name: Megan Walsh
Office you’re seeking: Beachwood Board of Education
Are you an incumbent?
Yes
Age:
38
Facebook:
Megan Walsh for Beachwood Schools
Website: www.walshforbeachwood.com

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Tell us a little bit about yourself (i.e. where are you from, where’d you go to school, what you do for a living, etc.)
I have lived in Northeast Ohio all my life, except for when I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology degree at Indiana University. I returned after college and completed a Master of Science in Social Administration from Case Western Reserve University. I worked as a social worker performing direct service with families in Cleveland for over 10 years, before accepting my current position as MomsFirst Deputy Project Director. The work I do takes a systemic approach to eliminating the racial disparity in infant mortality, while also providing needed individual intervention for pregnant women living in Cleveland.

Why are you running for this office?
In January of this year, I was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Beachwood Board of Education. I am running to keep my seat because I want our school district to continue to excel academically, while also providing an inclusive school environment where all families feel welcome, respected and valued. Over the past three years, the motto that I’ve put into action is “Be the Change”. Individual change is important and necessary, but lasting change comes from systemic change. I bring an equity lens to the work of the Board and I am committed to listening to all voices as a representative of our community.

What are the most important issues on your campaign?
From my experience on the Board and talking with community members through canvassing and events with various stakeholders, the most important issues I see are strengthening our inclusion efforts through a focus on intercultural awareness, maintaining academic excellence while prioritizing emotional well-being and developing a successful plan for the rehabilitation or replacement of our two elementary buildings.

Give us a fun fact about yourself.
My first political involvement was in 2007 as a volunteer for Barack Obama’s primary campaign.

What’s your favorite thing about Ohio?
My favorite thing about Ohio is that we are a state where politics matter! With so much diversity around the state, we are always a focus for national candidates.

Which team is your favorite sports team? If there’s a fun reason why, tell us!
My 6 year old’s soccer team, for obvious reasons!

If you were a professional athlete what song would you choose to be your “walk out” song?
Bone Thugs N Harmony’s "Change the World"

What TV show have you binge watched entirely too fast?
Orange is the New Black

If you were an Olympic athlete, what sport would you compete in? Skiing

Most importantly, how can young Dems help in your campaign?
Knock on doors, text voters, share FB page and Meet & Greet events for the campaign, send postcards to voters who requested absentee ballots, etc.

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