Darius Griffin

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Darius Griffin
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Former candidate for
Board member, Cleveland County Schools
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
High schoolBurns High School
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina A&T State University
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina at Pembroke
ProfessionDirector of Environmental Health and Safety
(timed out) Campaign website
Darius Griffin was a candidate for a seat on the Cleveland County school board in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Griffin in a Cleveland County native who attended schools in the district. After graduating from Burns High School, he graduated from North Carolina A&T State University in 1999 with a degree in Occupational Health and Safety. Griffin then earned a Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke in 2007. He also recently completed an Executive Leadership course work at the Center for Creative Leadership and became an alumnus of Leadership North Carolina. Griffin is currently the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Griffin currently serves on the Communities in Schools Board and is a former Board member of the Cleveland County Planning Commission. He also serves as Deacon and Sunday school teacher at Palmer Grove Baptist Church in Shelby, North Carolina. He is married to wife, Bridget, and has two children.[1]




Griffin ran for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Kathy Falls, S. Dale Oliver, George Litton, Phillip Glover, Donnie Thurman, Jr., Jeff Gregory, Kenneth Ledford, and Danny Blanton.[2]


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


Griffin reported no contributions or expenditures to the Cleveland County Board of Election.[3]


Griffin did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign themes

Griffin identified the following campaign themes on his website:[4]

"I am running for Cleveland County School Board because I owe a great debt of gratitude to the public educational system and Cleveland county community. Throughout my life this community has educated me and encouraged a desire for learning. This desire has evolved into a passion and commitment for advocacy and action. As a board member I will combine my leadership and experience to:
1. Build and support relationships between schools and community programs.
2. Collaboratively work with board members to align school board goals with the Cleveland County School and community goals.
3. Contribute to strategic evidence-based policies that will establish a safe environment where all students graduate and are career, college and citizenship ready."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

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.[5]


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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
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[6]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7]

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