Don Hayes

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Don Hayes
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Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large
Incumbent
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 20
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Board Chair
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2010
First electedNovember 1994
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
Bachelor'sUNC-Wilmington
Master'sUNC-Wilmington
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Years of service1964-1968
Personal
ProfessionSales representative
Websites
Office website
Don Hayes is an at-large member of the New Hanover County Board of Education in North Carolina. He first won election to the board in 1994. Hayes advanced from a May 6, 2014 primary election against four other Republican candidates. He will face six candidates for four available seats in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Hayes is a veteran of the Vietnam War, serving in the U.S. Navy from 1964 to 1968. He earned a B.A. in history and a M.Ed. in school administration from UNC-Wilmington. He was a teacher at district schools prior to his retirement. Hayes currently works as a self-employed sales representative. He and his wife, Margie, have one adult child.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: New Hanover County Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Don Hayes sought to advance from the May 6, 2014 Republican primary against Jim Brumit, Janice Cavenaugh, Ed Higgins and Bruce Shell. He will face Cavenaugh, Higgins and Shell as well as Democratic candidates Tom Gale, Chris Meek and Emma Saunders in the November 4, 2014 general election.

Results

Primary election
New Hanover County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Hayes Incumbent 22.4% 8,177
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Shell 21.6% 7,874
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Higgins Incumbent 20% 7,314
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Cavenaugh Incumbent 19.6% 7,147
     Republican Jim Brumit 16.4% 5,970
Total Votes 36,482
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - NEW HANOVER," May 13, 2014

Funding

Hayes has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections as of April 29, 2014.

Endorsements

Hayes has not received any official endorsements as of April 29, 2014.

2010

New Hanover County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Cavenaugh Incumbent 15.5% 35,627
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Hayes Incumbent 14.8% 34,024
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDerrick Hickey 14.6% 33,700
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Higgins Incumbent 14.6% 33,698
     Democratic Nick Rhodes, Jr. 11.4% 26,350
     Democratic Joyce Huguelet 10.4% 23,971
     Democratic Philip Stine 9.5% 21,843
     Democratic William Clancy Thompson 9.2% 21,144
Total Votes 230,357
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Contest: NEW HANOVER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION," accessed April 29, 2014

Campaign themes

2014

Hayes explained his views on issues impacting the district in an interview with the Port City Daily:

November bond referendum

You know, we have 80 mobile units in the county. That equates to about three elementary schools right there. We need a new elementary school in the northern end. Of course, then you will have some major redistricting but I want to continue to allow students to attend schools, whenever possible, that are closest to their homes. We have security concerns that have been discussed that we are putting things into place, as well. But the bond is critical because it addresses so many concerns.

[2]

Port City Daily, (2014), [3]

School choice

Ed and I have been in the forefront, along with Janice Cavenaugh and then [newer members of the board]. We have fought and continue to stand for parents having as much choice as possible in their schools...Open enrollment, hardship placements…these things are important in a system. Plus, year-round schools. Several schools have approached the board about switching to year-round. If the support is there for something, I am always willing to listen and I try to provide them the choice.

[2]

Port City Daily, (2014), [3]

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

April 17 candidate forum

All five candidates in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary participated in an April 17, 2014 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear. The candidates reached consensus on several issues including the need to reverse a 2013 state budget provision that eliminated starting pay increases of 10 percent for new teachers with master's degrees. Jim Brumit supported repeal of the provision but believes that the pay increase should be smaller. There was also unanimous support for allowing greater school choice for parents but voiced opposition to publicly funded vouchers for students at charters and private schools in New Hanover County. Hayes expressed concerns about the lack of accountability for charter schools as well as the negative effects of preferential treatment for charters.[4]

About the district

See also: New Hanover County Schools, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in New Hanover County, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in Wilmington, the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents.[5] New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]

Demographics

New Hanover County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of New Hanover County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in New Hanover County was $50,420 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in New Hanover County was 16.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race New Hanover County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 81.4 71.9
Black or African American 14.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 1.4 2.5
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.9 51.5
2008 48.8 50.2
2004 43.7 55.8
2000 44.0 55.0

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.[8]

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