Bruce Shell

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Bruce Shell
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Candidate for
Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large
PartyRepublican
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionRetired county manager
Websites
Campaign website
Bruce Shell is a Republican candidate for an at-large seat on the New Hanover County Board of Education in North Carolina. He advanced from a May 6, 2014 primary election against four other Republican candidates. He will face six candidates for four available seats in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Shell worked for 25 years as an official with New Hanover County including stints as finance director and internal auditor. He concluded his service for the county in 2012 after seven years as county manager. Shell served as interim town manager for Carolina Beach in 2013. He and his wife, Cindy, have two adult children and one grandchild.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hanover County Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Bruce Shell sought to advance from the May 6, 2014 primary against Ed Higgins, Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes and Jim Brumit. He will face Cavenaugh, Hayes and Higgins as well as Democratic candidates Tom Gale, Chris Meek and Emma Saunders in the November 4, 2014 general election.

Results

Primary election
New Hanover County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Hayes Incumbent 22.4% 8,177
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Shell 21.6% 7,874
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Higgins Incumbent 20% 7,314
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Cavenaugh Incumbent 19.6% 7,147
     Republican Jim Brumit 16.4% 5,970
Total Votes 36,482
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - NEW HANOVER," May 13, 2014

Funding

Shell has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections as of April 29, 2014.

Endorsements

Shell has not received any official endorsements as of April 29, 2014.

Campaign themes

2014

Shell explained his reasons for running in 2014 on his campaign website:

There is nothing more important to a vibrant and successful community than the education of our children. Our K-12 schools are our student's pathway to the future. It is our future too, whether we have children in the schools or not. What kind of future can they create? How do we ensure the future is as bright as the sparkle in our children's eyes? That is our challenge, individually and collectively. That is why I am asking for your vote.

Listen.... Learn... Lead...

This is my commitment to you. I will listen to you, our students and parents, our teachers and administrators, our community leaders and elected officials, and to you my fellow citizens and voters. I will learn about what is working well and what needs improvement and the hopes and aspirations of our community. I will lead by applying my lifetime of experience and expertise to develop solution-focused consensus for action that elevates educational outcomes for our students and community.

Running for Board of Education is my effort to give something back to this community. I am not a professional educator, but as a parent, former business operator and public servant, I understand the value of our K-12 school system. I served New Hanover County as its County Manager as well as key financial positions over the past 25 years; all of which involved funding to our local school system. This experience affords me a unique local perspective and experience of funding operational and capital needs of our local school system.

Public Schools in North Carolina rely heavily on their funding, receiving almost one third of its operating budget from its local county taxpayers. Infrastructure needs are reliant on the County as well. It is paramount to have a strong respectful working relationship with all our elected officials, especially our County Commissioners. I have a proven ability to work with elected officials at the local, state, and federal level to best serve the needs of our public school system.

I have lived in New Hanover County for more than 40 years. My wife Cindy and I have two children, who graduated from New Hanover High School and a one year old grand daughter. Cindy was very active in their education and served as a volunteer coordinator for seven years.

I look forward to the opportunity of giving back to the community that has been so good to me and my family over the years. Allow me to be your eyes, ears, and voice on the New Hanover County Board of Education. I ask for your vote.

[2]

—Bruce Shell's campaign website, (2014), [3]

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

April 17 candidate forum

All five candidates in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary participated in an April 17, 2014 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear. The candidates reached consensus on several issues including the need to reverse a 2013 state budget provision that eliminated starting pay increases of 10 percent for new teachers with master's degrees. Jim Brumit supported repeal of the provision but believes that the pay increase should be smaller. There was also unanimous support for allowing greater school choice for parents but voiced opposition to publicly funded vouchers for students at charters and private schools in New Hanover County. Don Hayes expressed concerns about the lack of accountability for charter schools as well as the negative effects of preferential treatment for charters.[4]

About the district

See also: New Hanover County Schools, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in New Hanover County, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in Wilmington, the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents.[5] New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]

Demographics

New Hanover County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of New Hanover County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in New Hanover County was $50,420 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in New Hanover County was 16.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race New Hanover County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 81.4 71.9
Black or African American 14.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 1.4 2.5
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.9 51.5
2008 48.8 50.2
2004 43.7 55.8
2000 44.0 55.0

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[8]

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