|Marie K. Young|
|Born||August 31, 1934|
|Occupation||Escambia County Commissioner|
|Spouse||James S. Young|
|Children||James "Jay" Young, Jr.|
Marie K. Young is the current County Commissioner for Escambia County District 3. Formerly a Pensacola City Council member representing District 7, she was appointed in 2002 by Governor Jeb Bush following the soccer complex corruption scandal and subsequent removal from office of Willie Junior and three other commissioners.
Early life & education career
Young was born in Pensacola on August 31, 1934, the youngest of five children. She received her bachelor's degree in elementary education from Florida A&M University in (date needed), then worked as a physical education teacher and basketball coach in Georgiana, Alabama. In anticipation of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycotts, she participated in twice-weekly boycott planning sessions at a local church, including several attended by Dr. Martin Luther King, whom she saw at the time as "just a regular preacher":
|I couldn't see the total picture. When I moved back to Pensacola, I realized that I had been a part of history. I'd seen him, I shook hands with him, I'd sat in meetings with him.|
She later received her master's degree in elementary education from Atlanta University and certification in education leadership from UWF and FSU. She met the Rev. James S. Young at his church, Mount Canaan Baptist, and they were married on June 11, 1960.
Young's career in the Escambia County School District spanned nearly forty years and numerous positions ranging from art teacher to assistant director of Title I. She retired in 1994 and began working as an education consultant.
In 1999 she supported efforts by Movement for Change that eventually renamed a portion of Alcaniz Street for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. She drew the ire of some black constituents, however, when she broke with fellow African-American council members and voted to elect John Fogg and Jack Nobles as mayor and mayor pro tem.
When four Escambia County Commissioners were removed from office in the soccer complex corruption scandal of 2002, Governor Jeb Bush appointed Young to the District 3 seat formerly held by Willie Junior. She was promptly elected by the other commissioners to serve as chairperson.
When Governor Bush made the appointments, he asked the four appointees to accept with the understanding that they would step down at the next election. He later released the candidates from this obligation, at the request of banker Tommy Tait, but Young was the only appointment who ran for election in 2004. Her challengers criticized her on this point during their campaigns: "She promised she was going to sit down, and she didn't," noted Republican candidate John R. "Dooley" Johnson.
Young was affirmed to the seat by the election, becoming the first black woman to serve on the Commission.
She has filed for reelection and will face several challengers in the 2008 election.
|•REP||John R. "Dooley" Johnson||4,485|
|•NPA||Robert "Rocky" Boyd||1,090|
- WSRE Foundation
- Community Equity Investment Board
- Council on Aging of West Florida
- Delta Sigma Theta Sorority
- Mt. Canaan Baptist Church, Sunday School Teacher
- Area Housing Commission, Chairman
- Community Action Program Committee
- Clean & Green Commission
- Mentor, Hallmark Elementary School
- Transportation Disadvantaged Board, Chairman
- Transportation Planning Organization
- Family Law Advisory Group
- Value Adjustment Board
- Escambia County Commission profile
- "Young excels in the public spotlight." Pensacola News Journal, May 16, 2002.
- "40 years later, residents recall MLK's legacy." Pensacola News Journal, April 4, 2008.
- "Challengers seek change in Dist. 3." Pensacola News Journal, October 28, 2004.
|Pensacola City Council, District 7
|Escambia County Commissioner, District 3
2002 – present
Government of Escambia County, Florida
|County Administrator: Bob McLaughlin • Assistant Administrators: Janice Kilgore & Gordon Pike • County Attorney: Allison Rogers|
|Sheriff: David Morgan • Tax Collector: Janet Holley • Supervisor of Elections: David Stafford • Property Appraiser: Chris Jones|
|County Commission||Wilson Robertson (District 1) • Gene Valentino (District 2) • Marie Young (District 3) • Grover Robinson IV (District 4) • Kevin White (District 5)|