Chad Barefoot

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Chad Barefoot
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North Carolina State Senate District 18
In office
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sAppalachian State University
Master'sWake Forest University
Office website
Campaign website
Chad Barefoot is a Republican member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 18. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Barefoot earned his B.S. from Appalachian State University and his M.A. in Christian Ethics from Wake Forest University. Barefoot is currently a regional sales director for CRC, Inc.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Barefoot served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources
Appropriations on Education/Higher Education
Education/Higher Education
Health Care
Rules and Operations of the Senate


Campaign themes


Barefoot's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Jobs and Economic Growth

  • Excerpt: "When government fails to balance its budget on time, uses targeted tax incentives to pick corporate winners and losers and proposes unreasonable spending levels sustained by high taxes, businesses freeze or leave. That is why I support growing our economy through reforming the state’s tax system so that we can reduce our tax rates and provide a reliable regulatory environment for North Carolina businesses to grow."


  • Excerpt: "North Carolina is at a competitive disadvantage with neighboring states due to high tax rates. We must focus on reducing tax rates and eliminating excessive taxes so that North Carolina is competitive again."

Wasteful Spending

  • Excerpt: "Since the late 1990’s state government spending has skyrocketed when compared to our state’s growth in population. With a $19 billion budget, we need to hold government agencies and program administrators that spend your tax payer dollars accountable. We must cut wasteful spending so that we can fairly compensate our state employees who provide essential services for North Carolina."


  • Excerpt: "Food does not come from a grocery store. It is produced by the hardworking farmers of North Carolina. It is our state’s largest industry. North Carolina farmers don’t just feed us, they feed the world. We should protect our farmer’s from oppressive government rules and regulations."


  • Excerpt: "We must encourage the public school system to recruit the best teachers from our colleges and universities and pay them well based on their performance. We cannot let the bureaucracy of education be more important than educating the next generation."

Note: Barefoot's campaign themes did not change from 2012.



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate 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 Chad Barefoot was unopposed in the Republican primary, while Sarah Crawford was unopposed in the Democratic primary. Barefoot defeated Crawford in the general election.[2][3][4][5]

North Carolina State Senate, District 18 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad Barefoot Incumbent 52.9% 34,646
     Democratic Sarah Crawford 47.1% 30,861
Total Votes 65,507


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Barefoot ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 18. He defeated Michael Schriver and Glen Bradley in the Republican primary on May 8. Barefoot defeated District 7 incumbent Doug Berger (D) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[6] [7]

North Carolina State Senate, District 18, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChad Barefoot 55.9% 51,873
     Democratic Doug Berger Incumbent 44.1% 40,897
Total Votes 92,770
North Carolina State Senate District 18 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChad Barefoot 45.9% 9,149
Michael Schriver 40.3% 8,028
Glen Bradley 13.8% 2,750
Total Votes 19,927

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barefoot is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Barefoot raised a total of $1,006,064 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[8]

Chad Barefoot's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 18 Won $1,006,064
Grand Total Raised $1,006,064


Barefoot won election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Barefoot raised a total of $1,006,064.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chad Barefoot's campaign in 2012
North Carolina Republican Party$847,475
Luddy, Robert L$8,000
Stam for House$8,000
Price, Chad$7,500
Marrelli, Cindy L$7,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,006,064
Source:Follow the Money


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In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.

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Barefoot and his wife, Paige, have one child. They currently reside in Wake Forest, North Carolina.

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Preceded by
Bob Atwater (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 18
Succeeded by