Joe Fox

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Joe Fox
Former candidate for
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 96
High schoolHickory High School, 1990
Bachelor'sElon University, 1994
ProfessionOwns the Dirtball apparel line
Campaign website
Joe Fox was a 2014 Republican candidate for District 96 of the North Carolina House of Representatives.


Fox earned a degree in History and a minor in Political Science from Elon University in 1994. His professional experience includes owning Dirtball, a 100% eco-friendly 100% made in the U.S.A. apparel line, as a professional race car driver in the Grand Am, American Le Mans series and the NASCAR Nationwide Series, and as a professional racing instructor, coach and worked for Porsche, Maserati and the Panoz Racing School.[1]


Campaign themes


Fox's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "My platform is jobs and education. In order to have a future of growth and prosperity we must fix these two things which are so closely related."

Short term:

  • Excerpt: "We must work with and listen to small businesses and the core of our economy, the manufacturing sector (furniture, textiles and cabling). Currently, there are skilled labor jobs available but they go unfilled because of a lack of qualified workers. This can be fixed by re-implementing job re-training programs at the community college level. Currently, there is no funding in place for these programs to start back up due to cuts in the education budget. These programs must be put back in place."

Long term:

  • Excerpt: "As a conservative, and business owner I know our state must continue to operate with a balanced budget. But, we must find other ways than balancing the budget than on the backs of our teachers. We must close the gap between overall educational spending and the amount spent per student and teacher pay. Our children are our state's future and our teachers play a vital part in their development. If we narrow that gap, it is my belief we will graduate more qualified students."
  • Excerpt: "Finally, if elected I will work to keep "Raleigh" out of local government. Our county commissioners and city councils are the best ones to judge what is best for their community, not the state legislature. Raleigh doesn't like it when Washington interferes. Why should Catawba County, Hickory, Conover and Longview be any different. "



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Cliff Moone was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Jay Adams defeated Joe Fox, Frank Willis and Wrappar Kellett in the Republican primary. Kellett withdrew from the race before the primary but remained on the ballot. Moone was defeated by Adams in the general election.[3][4]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 96 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJay Adams 67.2% 14,771
     Democratic Cliff Moone 32.8% 7,196
Total Votes 21,967

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