|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Cleveland County Schools|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|High school||Burns High School|
|Bachelor's||North Carolina A&T State University|
|Master's||University of North Carolina at Pembroke|
|Profession||Director of Environmental Health and Safety|
|(timed out) Campaign website|
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.
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.
|Cleveland County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Donnie Thurman, Jr.||19.1%||5,209|
|Nonpartisan||Phillip Glover Incumbent||13.6%||3,706|
|Nonpartisan||Kathy Falls Incumbent||12.9%||3,518|
|Nonpartisan||George Litton Incumbent||9.3%||2,535|
|Nonpartisan||S. Dale Oliver Incumbent||9.2%||2,519|
|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.
Griffin did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
Griffin identified the following campaign themes on his website:
"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:
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
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.
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.
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- Cleveland County Schools Website
- Campaign Website (timed out)
- Candidate Facebook Page
- Cleveland County
- Cleveland County Board of Elections
- Public Schools of North Carolina
- "Darius Griffin for Cleveland County Board of Education Seat," "Meet our Candidate," accessed September 18, 2013 (timed out) (timed out)
- "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "2013 Election Candidates," accessed September 17, 2013
- Cleveland County Board of Elections, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- "Darius Griffin for Cleveland County Board of Education Seat," "Home," accessed September 18, 2013 (timed out)
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 16, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014