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Margaret Socey campaigns for school board in District 5

Margaret Socey is a candidate for the District 5 seat on the Lancaster County School Board this November 7.

A native of Valhalla, N.Y., Socey graduated from Valhalla High School. She continued her education at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., graduating with a degree in biology and sociology. She then attended St. John’s University School of Law in Brooklyn, N.Y.

She embarked on a career as a product engineer for an aircraft repair station, specializing in cockpit avionics for Airbus Industries. Her responsibilities included ensuring timely repair and manufacture of components so an aircraft was not grounded, visiting vendors in France, Italy and England, negotiating schedules and contracts. The fast-paced, dollar bottom-line of the airline industry honed her skills in multi-tasking, creating a cooperative environment under difficult situations and working under pressure, said Socey.

She and her husband, Peter Fallon, purchased a home in Weems in 1987. When they retired in April 1991, they immersed themselves in their new community. Socey joined the Northern Neck Recycling Task Force, writing weekly articles for the Rappahannock Record and accepting an award on behalf of the Task Force in Washington, D.C.

In September 1991, her involvement in Lancaster County Public Schools began. For the next 19 years she tutored and mentored students, working with classes from pre-K through third grade, said Socey.

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