|Board member, Onslow County School Board, At-large|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||May 6, 2014|
- See also: Onslow County Schools elections (2014)
Churchwell won election to the board on May 6, 2014.
|Onslow County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Brock Ridge Incumbent||25.6%||8,369|
|Nonpartisan||Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe Incumbent||22.5%||7,352|
|Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - ONSLOW," accessed June 2, 2014|
Churchwell reported no contributions or expenditures to to the Onslow County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $1,471.70 on hand from his previous campaign.
Churchwell did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.
|Onslow County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010|
|Nonpartisan||Mary Ann Kellum-Sharpe||16.1%||4,420|
|Nonpartisan||William Roger Jones, Sr.||4.9%||1,336|
|Source: Onslow County Board of Elections, "Primary Election: May 4, 2010," accessed March 19, 2014|
Churchwell's campaign website listed his themes for 2014:
|“||I will focus on three areas when I am elected:
—Joel Churchwell's campaign website, (2014), 
What was at stake?
Three seats on the Onslow County school board were at stake in the May 6, 2014 election. Incumbents Brock Ridge and Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe sought re-election to their respective seats against challengers Joel Churchwell and Bob Williams.
Issues in the district
School improvement plan
In March 2014, Onslow County commissioners approved a $145 million capital improvement plan to build six new schools in ten years. Commissioners approved the plan to maintain a fund balance that would not exceed 8% of annual expenditures, after rejecting an amendment proposed by the Board of Education that would allow a fund balance of 16%. Todd Lyman, Onslow County's Public Information Officer, says the commissioners want to use a sales tax to help pay for the plan. However, since the county does not have the authority to levy a sales tax, the Board of Commissioners agreed that they will petition the state for a sales tax to help fund county education initiatives. Some sources claim that a property tax might help pay for the project as well. The Onslow County School's Capital Reserve fund would provide the initial investment of $13 million. Construction would begin in May 2015. Onslow County proposed a school bond referendum in 2013 that 60% of voters rejected due to a potential property tax increase.
About the district
- See also: Onslow County Schools, North Carolina
Onslow County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.3% of Onslow County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.8% for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Onslow County was $45,812 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Onslow County was 13.9% compared to 16.8% for the entire state.
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.
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- Onslow County Board of Elections, "Active Campaign Finance Reports," accessed March 19, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Facebook, "Joel Churchwell for the Onslow County School Board, accessed May 5, 2014
- WITN, "$145 Million Onslow School Improvement Plan Goes Back To School Board," March 18, 2014
- Christopher Thomas, The Daily News, Jacksonville, "Board of Education to continue discussing building funds," accessed March 20, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Onslow County, North Carolina," accessed March 17, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed February 18, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "NC Voter Statistics Results," accessed March 19, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Onslow County Schools Elections|
|Onslow County, North Carolina|
|Election date:||May 6, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Joel Churchwell • Brock Ridge • Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe • Bob Williams|
|Important information:||What was at stake? • Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|