|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 5|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
Donaldson ran for the District 5 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against incumbent Eric Davis.
Donaldson lost the general election on November 5, 2013.
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 5, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Eric Davis Incumbent||82.9%||21,098|
|Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013|
Donaldson reported no contributions or expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections.
Donaldson did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
What was at stake?
The District 5 seat was at stake as well as the financial security of the district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools experienced budget difficulties in recent years and the board had recently developed a school bond plan to reopen and expand current schools after closing some in 2010.
About the district
The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher 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 Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.