|Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large|
|Years in position||20|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2010|
|First elected||November 1994|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|J.D.||Wake Forest University|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 What's at stake?
- 5 About the district
- 6 Recent news
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
Higgins earned his B.A. in accounting from Catawba College. He later earned a MBA from UNC-Wilmington and a J.D. from Wake Forest University. Higgins previously served as the department chair for the county's Public Service Department. He currently works as a law instructor at Cape Fear Community College. Higgins and his wife, Pamela, have three adult children.
Ed Higgins seeks to advance from the May 6, 2014 Republican primary against Jim Brumit, Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes and Bruce Shell. He will face Cavenaugh, Hayes and Shell as well as Democratic candidates Tom Gale, Chris Meek and Emma Saunders in the November 4, 2014 general election.
|New Hanover County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Republican||Don Hayes Incumbent||22.4%||8,177|
|Republican||Ed Higgins Incumbent||20%||7,314|
|Republican||Janice Cavenaugh Incumbent||19.6%||7,147|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - NEW HANOVER," May 13, 2014|
Higgins has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections as of April 29, 2014.
Higgins has not received any official endorsements as of April 29, 2014.
|New Hanover County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2010|
|Republican||Janice Cavenaugh Incumbent||15.5%||35,627|
|Republican||Don Hayes Incumbent||14.8%||34,024|
|Republican||Ed Higgins Incumbent||14.6%||33,698|
|Democratic||Nick Rhodes, Jr.||11.4%||26,350|
|Democratic||William Clancy Thompson||9.2%||21,144|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Contest: NEW HANOVER COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION," accessed April 29, 2014|
Higgins explained his views on issues impacting the district in an interview with the Port City Daily:
State of district schools
What I am seeing is very dedicated teachers who are becoming very disillusioned...I talked to a teacher recently who said she and husband both had careers in education but didn’t think they made enough money to be able to start of family…You know, if the State of N.C. really wants to have education professionals then they need to step up and pay for those education professionals. We are asking county commissioners to help pay for additional supplements, so if the state doesn’t increase pay, we can at least provide some additional money for them.
—Hilary Snow, Port City Daily, (2014), 
Community college partnerships
I am a strong supporter of that. I was actually disappointed that the first early college [high school] here went to UNCW instead of Cape Fear. I felt like Cape Fear offered the best opportunities for students to stay in school. At a community college, the nature of programs offered are such that students who graduate could generally go directly into the workforce. I am a big believer in vocational education but not a big believer that it should be in public schools
—Port City Daily, (2014), 
I have had the opportunity to read some books on the subject that have kind of changed my mindset on how to do that...I hope I can serve to propose some professional development to help teachers understand that some of these students who are not performing the way we would like, that there are outside stresses that come from being in a lower socioeconomic household. I hope we could bring about some better training.
—Port City Daily, (2014), 
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. Don Hayes expressed concerns about the lack of accountability for charter schools as well as the negative effects of preferential treatment for charters.
About the districtNew Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents. New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.
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.
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 100.0%. Each column will add up to 100.0% after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Ed + Higgins + New + Hanover + County + Schools"
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- New Hanover County Schools, "Edward B. Higgins, Jr., Esq.," accessed April 29, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Port City Daily, " Candidate profiles: New Hanover County school board challengers," April 17, 2014
- Lumina News, "Candidates weigh in on county issues," April 23, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "New Hanover County, North Carolina," accessed April 29, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed April 29, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Election Results," accessed April 29, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 New Hanover County Schools Elections|
|Wilmington, North Carolina|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Janice Cavenaugh • Tom Gale • Don Hayes • Ed Higgins • Chris Meek • Emma Saunders • Bruce Shell|
Candidates defeated in primary: • Jim Brumit
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|