Donald Dunn

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Donald Dunn
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Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWinston-Salem State University
ProfessionPharmaceutical sales representative
Donald Dunn was a Democratic candidate for an at-large seat on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in North Carolina. He lost election against four Democratic candidates in the May 6, 2014 primary election.


Dunn earned his bachelor's degree from Winston-Salem State University. He currently works as a pharmaceutical sales representative. Dunn is also the president of the North Carolina PTA. His family also owns and operates two child development centers in Winston-Salem. Dunn has one child currently attending district schools.[1]



See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)


Donald Dunn sought to advance from the May 6, 2014 Democratic primary against Elisabeth Motsinger, German D. Garcia, Katherine Fansler and Suzanne Carroll.


Primary election
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger Incumbent 33% 11,233
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Fansler 22.2% 7,561
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerman D. Garcia 17.7% 6,038
     Democratic Suzanne Carroll 14.5% 4,918
     Democratic Donald Dunn 12.6% 4,278
Total Votes 34,028
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 13, 2014


Dunn reported $200.00 in contributions and $99.00 in expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections, leaving his campaign with $101.00 on hand prior to the election.[2]


Dunn did not receive any official endorsements in the election.


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, District 2 General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJill Tackabery 16.9% 35,224
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngA.L. Collins 15.9% 33,181
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJane D. Goins 15.8% 32,903
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMarilyn Parker 15.4% 32,129
     Nonpartisan Carla B. Farmer 9.5% 19,814
     Nonpartisan Jim Toole 9.3% 19,428
     Nonpartisan Donald Dunn 9.1% 19,040
     Nonpartisan Stacey Walker McElveen 7.7% 16,116
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.2% 351
Total Votes 208,186
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Official Results," November 19, 2010

Campaign themes


Dunn explained his reasons for running in 2014 in an interview with The Chronicle:

I had several people call me saying that several of the school board members were not going to run again, and they were concerned that there was going to be a new crop of people that were not public education friendly...I believe we’ve lost ground overall, and we cannot afford to lose any more ground.


The Chronicle, (2014), [1]

About the district

See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents.[4] Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth 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 Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Forsyth County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 68.0 71.9
Black or African American 27.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[6]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 53.0 45.8
2008 54.8 44.3
2004 45.5 54.1
2000 43.0 56.0

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.[7]

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