Danny Blanton

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Board member, Cleveland County Schools
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
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Danny Blanton is a member of the Cleveland County school board. He first won election to the board in a general election on November 5, 2013.




Blanton ran for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Kathy Falls, S. Dale Oliver, George Litton, Phillip Glover, Darius Griffin, Jeff Gregory, Donnie Thurman, Jr., and Kenneth Ledford.[1]


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


Blanton reported no contributions or expenditures to the Cleveland County Board of Election.[2]


Blanton did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Blanton lost in the election on November 8, 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

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 and decreasing district enrollment.

About the district


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.[3]


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.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
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[4]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[5]

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