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Cleveland County Schools elections (2013)

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2013 Cleveland County Schools Elections

General Election date:
November 5, 2013
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Elections
What was at stake?
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
North Carolina
Cleveland County Schools
Cleveland County, North Carolina ballot measures
Local ballot measures, North Carolina
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Four seats on the Cleveland County Schools Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Donnie Thurman, Jr., Phillip Glover, Danny Blanton and Kathy Falls defeated five challengers to win the four at-large seats.

About the district

See also: Cleveland County Schools, North Carolina
Cleveland County Schools is located in Cleveland County, North Carolina
Cleveland County Schools is located in Shelby, North Carolina and is the district for Cleveland County. Cleveland County has population of 97,474.[1]

Demographics

The county underperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (79.5%) is lower than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Cleveland County (15.6%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Cleveland County is $38,352 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Cleveland County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 76.7 71.9
Black or African American 20.7 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.5
Asian 0.9 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[2]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 39.3 59.8
2008 40.0 60.0
2004 61.4 38.3
2000 58.2 41.1


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.[3]

Method of board member selection

The Cleveland County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. All members of the board are elected at-large. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.[4]

Elections

2013

Candidates

Election results

Cleveland County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonnie Thurman, Jr. 19.1% 5,209
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Glover Incumbent 13.6% 3,706
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Falls Incumbent 12.9% 3,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Blanton 12.7% 3,449
     Nonpartisan Darius Griffin 12.5% 3,405
     Nonpartisan George Litton Incumbent 9.3% 2,535
     Nonpartisan S. Dale Oliver Incumbent 9.2% 2,519
     Nonpartisan Kenneth Ledford 7.3% 1,999
     Nonpartisan Jeff Gregory 3% 820
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 85
Total Votes 27,245
Source: Cleveland County, NC, "November 5, 2013 Municipal Election," accessed December 13, 2013

Endorsements

No candidate received any official endorsements.

Campaign finance

No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Cleveland County Board of Election.[5]

Past elections

2011

Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hooker 9.8% 3,454
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Hoyle 9.7% 3,423
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShearra Miller 9.4% 3,335
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack Hamrick 8.5% 3,009
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Harris 8.4% 2,966
     Nonpartisan Danny Lee Blanton 8.2% 2,901
     Nonpartisan Sid Bryson 7.5% 2,654
     Nonpartisan Melvin Lewis Clark 7.8% 2,754
     Nonpartisan Yvette D. Grant 7.7% 2,711
     Nonpartisan Kenneth Ledford 6.9% 2,447
     Nonpartisan Page Morgan 8.3% 2,933
     Nonpartisan Connie Phifer Savell 7.4% 2,625
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 106
Total Votes 35,318
Source: "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 8, 2011," accessed September 17, 2013

2009

Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngS. Dale Oliver 19.5% 4,049
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Glover 18.6% 3,856
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Litton 16.9% 3,507
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Falls 15.3% 3,173
     Nonpartisan Eddie Benton 5.5% 1,147
     Nonpartisan Yvette D. Grant 9.3% 1,919
     Nonpartisan Connie Phifer Savell 14.5% 3,013
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 59
Total Votes 20,723
Source: "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 17, 2013

What was at stake?

Four seats were at stake in the November election, including Vice Chairman George Litton's seat. All four incumbents ran for re-election to their respective seats. The board will continue to address budgetary cuts in the district as well as decreasing district enrollment.

Key deadlines

The following were key deadlines for the Cleveland County Schools board of education election:[6]

Deadline Event
July 5, 2013 First day for filing nominating petitions
July 19, 2013 Last day to file nominating petitions
October 11, 2013 Registration books close
October 17, 2013 First day to submit absentee ballot
November 2, 2013 Last day to submit absentee ballot
November 5, 2013 Election day

Additional elections on the ballot

In addition to the school board elections, residents of Cleveland County school district voted in various mayoral, city and town council and board of commissioner races.[7]

See also

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