Ignacio Tzoumas

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Ignacio Tzoumas
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Former candidate for
Board member, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, At-large
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionBusiness start-up investor
Ignacio Tzoumas was a candidate for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school board in a general election on November 5, 2013.



Tzoumas is running for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Michelle Brownstein, James Barrett and Andrew Davidson.[1]


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Brownstein Incumbent 33.3% 6,366
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Barrett Incumbent 30.4% 5,801
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Davidson 21.2% 4,049
     Nonpartisan Ignaico Tzoumas 14.5% 2,772
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.6% 120
Total Votes 19,108
Source: Orange County, NC, "November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections," accessed December 16, 2013


Tzoumas reported $3,410.98 in contributions and $1,910.98 in expenditures to the Orange County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $1,500.00.[2]


Tzoumas did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.

Campaign Events

Orange Politics online forum

On September 22, 2013, the local political blog Orange Politics held a live, on-line forum for all candidates for Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.[3]

League of Women Voters forum

On September 25, 2013, the League of Women Voters held a forum for all candidates running for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education seats. The main topic discussed was the achievement gaps.[4] A video of the forum is available here.

WCHL radio forum

On October 14, 2013, the local radio station, WCHL, held a forum for all candidates running for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. The main topic discussed was budget constraints.[5] The audio of the forum is available here.

Campaign themes

Tzoumas identified the following campaign themes in an interview with a local news website:Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; refs with no content must have a name


"I specifically hope to assist with the budgetary problems that are challenging our district. Without a sound budget, addressing issues ranging from supporting fragile populations to adding new schools will come with prohibitive restrictions. Having the perspective of first-generation American student from a multicultural family, I want the public school system to thrive while managing the needs of the ever-changing demographics."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

About the district


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is located in Orange County, North Carolina
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools covers the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro in southeastern Orange County. Orange County has population of 137,941.[6]


The county outperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (90.1%) 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 Orange County (54.6%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Orange County is $56,055 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Orange County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 77.4 71.9
Black or African American 12.2 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 7.3 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.5 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 8.2 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[7]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 70.4 28.2
2008 72.0 27.0
2004 66.9 32.4
2000 62.7 36.3

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