Jim Brumit

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Jim Brumit
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Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Army Reserve
ProfessionBusiness owner
Jim Brumit was a Republican candidate for an at-large seat on the New Hanover County Board of Education in North Carolina. He ran unsuccessfully against four other candidates in the May 6, 2014 primary election.


Brumit owns and operates a tax preparation business in New Hanover County. He also volunteers time as a tutor for first-grade students. Brumit serves on the board of the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority. He is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.[1]



See also: New Hanover County Schools elections (2014)


Jim Brumit sought to advance from the May 6, 2014 primary against Ed Higgins, Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes and Bruce Shell.


Primary election
New Hanover County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDon Hayes Incumbent 22.4% 8,177
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBruce Shell 21.6% 7,874
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngEd Higgins Incumbent 20% 7,314
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJanice Cavenaugh Incumbent 19.6% 7,147
     Republican Jim Brumit 16.4% 5,970
Total Votes 36,482
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - NEW HANOVER," May 13, 2014


Brumit did not report any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections.


Brumit did not receive any official endorsements in the election.

Campaign themes


Brumit explained his approach to the district's dropout rate in an interview with the Port City Daily:

We need to start looking ahead…We need more vocational training, a lot more...There are a lot of people, a lot of young adults, who should not be going to a four-year college. There are a lot of young adults who would rather get skills and go to work and get a decent job. We can help them do that by more attention to vocational training. Let’s give them an opportunity where they can achieve.


Port City Daily, (2014), [1]

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. 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.[3]

About the district

See also: New Hanover County Schools, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in New Hanover County, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in Wilmington, the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents.[4] New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]


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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race New Hanover County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 81.4 71.9
Black or African American 14.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 1.4 2.5
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[6]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.9 51.5
2008 48.8 50.2
2004 43.7 55.8
2000 44.0 55.0

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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