|Board member, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 5, 2013|
|Bachelor's||College of William and Mary|
|Associate's||Chapel Hill High|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Elections
- 3 Campaign themes
- 4 About the district
- 5 See also
- 6 External links
- 7 References
Barrett has lived in Chapel Hill since 1977. He attended district schools before attending The College of William and Mary. He graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in math and computer science. Barrett has worked as a project manager at IBM since January 1991. He has previously coached baseball and basketball teams and has been a volunteer in his children's math classes. Barrett is also a founding member of the strategy team of Orange County Justice United and a member of its education action team.
|Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Michelle Brownstein Incumbent||33.3%||6,366|
|Nonpartisan||James Barrett Incumbent||30.4%||5,801|
|Source: Orange County, NC, "November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections," accessed December 16, 2013|
Barrett reported $2,053.73 in contributions and $1,269.09 in expenditures to the Orange County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $784.65.
Orange Politics online forum
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. 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. The audio of the forum is available here.
|Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Mia Day Burroughs||18.9%||7,735|
|Nonpartisan||Jamezetta R. Bedford||17.6%||7,218|
|Nonpartisan||Raymond D. Conrad||2.6%||1,079|
|Source: Orange County Board of Elections: "Municipal Election November 8, 2011," accessed September 6, 2013|
Davidson identified the following campaign themes on his website:
"I want to see the 28 strategies of our new long-range plan (http://tinyurl.com/chccslrp) implemented across the district. These are the changes needed to improve instruction, eliminate achievement gaps, have great teachers in place for every class, and ensure that 100% of our students are learning and growing every day."
Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.
About the district
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.
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, North Carolina
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools elections (2013)
- Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools website
- Orange County
- Public Schools of North Carolina
- Campaign Website
- Facebook page
- Barrett for Schools: "About James," accessed September 6, 2013
- Orange County Board of Elections, "Campaign Reporting," accessed December 23, 2013
- Indy Week, "Keep left: A mix of incumbents and newcomers in Chapel Hill and Carrboro," October 16, 2013
- Orange Politics: "OP Live Candidate Forum: Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Board of Education," September 22, 2013
- Chapel Boro," "CHCCS candidates debate achievement gap," September 25, 2013
- Chapel Boro, "CHCCS school board hopefuls on looming budget problems," October 14, 2013
- Barrett for Schools: "Home," accessed September 9, 2013
- 2010 Census: Quick Facts: "Orange County," accessed September 5, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013