Marshall Harvey is serving on the Wake County Soil & Water Conservation Board of District Supervisors and is seeking re-election to this position in 2020. With a long history of political involvement stretching back to President Jimmy Carter’s election and of public service in Wake County, Marshall has a broad understanding of the politics of both our county and state. He has served as a Wake S&W District Supervisor for nearly 8 years and is currently the Board’s treasurer.
Marshall is particularly passionate about protecting the Wake County watersheds, Falls and Swift Creek, and his goal as a District Supervisor is to continue to help maintain them. His ambition is to partner with the Corps of Engineers and local conservation groups to clean up the Neuse River and help ensure a clean water supply far into Wake County’s Future. With Wake’s population increasing by approximately 62 persons per day, Marshall believes that the threat growth brings to our water supply is not taken seriously enough. He believes in building strong relationships with the Wake Board of Commissioners and the county managers to help bring attention to this crucial need.
Marshall is an advocate for farm workers, and especially farmers. He is a fan of Cost Share programs, which supply local farmers with grant money to help with farm needs like irrigation, fencing, crop rotation, ponds, roadways, etc. While this program needs spot checks and oversight to ensure the grant money is properly applied, he believes that these programs help enable farmers to continue farming rather than selling valuable farmland to developers or allowing it to fall into disuse. Farmland preservation is a key component of his platform.
Besides watershed protection and farmland preservation, Marshall would also like to see Wake County develop more recreational green space, especially around the Neuse River, and more protection for our smaller waterways like Johnson, Harris, and Jordan Lakes. He is invested in strengthening the Board’s relationship with other Wake County officials and within the Board of District Supervisors itself. He feels that this particular set of Board members is second to none, having gelled from day one and had close to 100% participation from all members. He has deep respect for his colleagues and hopes to continue working with them going forward.
A man of faith, Marshall is the co-warden of the Raleigh Convocation of the Episcopal Church, which handles grants for education and development within the diocese, covering multiple counties including Scotland Neck, Wake, and Halifax counties and stretching all the way to Mecklenberg. He enjoys the opportunity to meet a diverse group of people across the state.
A 55-year resident of Wake County, Marshall has witnessed the early growth explode into what we see happening today. He served on the Raleigh Planning Commission for 6 years and as its chair for 3 of those, seeing it through the acquisition of a professional sports team and the building of the PNC arena. As a citizen volunteer, he chaired the 2000 Census for Wake County, which came in 5th in the country for county response rate, with full participation from all Wake municipalities. He has been married for over 50 years to his wife Mildred, who taught in Wake County Public Schools for 36 years. They have two daughters and one grandchild.
Marshall is a graduate of St. Augustine’s University, holding a BA in Sociology and Social Welfare, and of UNC, Chapel Hill, where he earned a Masters degree in Social Work.
When asked who had a lasting and inspirational influence on him, Marshall cited two individuals:
Dr. Prezell Robinson, former president of St. Augustine’s University, who taught Marshall how to deal with people, not to take himself too seriously, to treat all people with respect, and that when you get into a tough spot, you just need to stop and say a little prayer.
Marshall’s father, Robert Nathaniel Harvey, a self-made man with his own construction company, taught Marshall to work hard, do the right thing, and build and care for his community. Marshall is inspired by the memory of his father, every year of Marshall’s life that he could, buying and delivering Christmas gifts to neighborhood kids in need.