Barry Burns

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Barry Burns
Former candidate for
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 54
High schoolPittsboro High School
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
Master'sNorth Carolina A&T State University
ProfessionChartered financial consultant
Campaign website
Barry Burns was a 2014 Democratic candidate for District 54 of the North Carolina House of Representatives.


Burns earned his B.S. in Math Education from North Carolina State University and his M.S. in Education Administration from North Carolina A&T State University. His professional experience includes working as a chartered financial consultant, as a math teacher for 17 years at Chatham Central High School, as a principal at Chatham Central High School and Northwood High School, as Assistant Principal at Chatham Middle School, as a summer recruiter for Central Carolina Community College in Sanford, NC for 13 years and for Upward Bound at UNC Chapel Hill.[1]


Campaign themes


Burns's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]

Public education

  • Excerpt: "Pay increase for ALL teachers."
  • Excerpt: "Stop the re-segregation of schools."
  • Excerpt: "Make public schools more aligned to charter schools."
  • Excerpt: "No vouchers for private schools."
  • Excerpt: "Streamline administration."

Water quality

  • Excerpt: "Timely coal ash removal."
  • Excerpt: "AGAINST Fracking."
  • Excerpt: "Replace DENR (Department of Environment and Natural Resources) Leadership that sees corporations as their 'customers.'"
  • Excerpt: "Require much greater oversight of our most precious resource - OUR ENVIRONMENT!"

DHHS Oversight - Medicaid

  • Excerpt: "Change the leadership at DHHS (Department of Health and Human Services)."
  • Excerpt: "Secure the Federal Medicaid funding that the lack thereof is increasing the cost of health care for everyone."



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Robert Reives defeated Barry Burns in the Democratic primary, while Andy Wilkie was unopposed in the Republican primary. Reives defeated Wilkie in the general election.[3][4]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 54 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Reives Incumbent 56.2% 16,875
     Republican Andy Wilkie 43.8% 13,156
Total Votes 30,031


Burns and his wife, Phyllis, have three children.[1]

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