Adale M. Martin

Key Facts

Party N/A; nonpartisan election
Status Incumbent


Adale M. Martin received a BA in French and International Studies from Ohio State University. She graduated with a master’s degree in Public Administration from Louisiana State University. Martin is currently a PhD candidate in collaboration policy at Old Dominion University. At LSU, she became Assistant Manager of Operations and Planning at the National Center for Biomedical Research & Training / Academy of Counter-terrorist Education. She has been a member of the Norfolk Jury Commission, Naval Station Norfolk Centennial Commission, and member of The King’s Daughters Communications Committee. She has been a member of the Norfolk City School Board since 2018. Martin serves as the Executive Director of the Slover Library Foundation [1]. She has been the Commissioner of the Norfolk Poverty Reduction Commission, and she has been a member of the Youth Education and Career Pathways committee. Additionally, Martin is the past president of the Magnolia Circle, and is the Founder and Chairman of the annual Magnolia Circle Dragon Boat Race fundraiser [2]. Martin is currently the chair of the Norfolk School Board [6].

Key Issues


Martin advocates for the expansion of accessibility of resources to kids at school with disabilities or needed accommodations [2]. She has promised to ensure a 95% graduation rate for all students in Norfolk Public Schools [3].


The Norfolk City School Board stoked controversy this March regarding the allocation of its budget because of concerns about employee input. Following the proposal of the budget, the school board did not hold a public hearing before voting on the budget. However, Martin defended the decision by mentioning the public hearing on budget priorities. Many teachers, bus drivers, and other employees spoke out against the budget. It included a provision for increasing the pay of teachers, classified employees, and administrators by 5.8%, 7.2%, and 4.2%, respectively. The budget also provided more funding for additional school psychologists, social workers, safety and security measures, building repairs, and maintenance, among other things [6].


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1 Adale Martin for Norfolk School Board 
2 Norfolk Public Schools 
3 Rally: Adale Martin 
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