|North Carolina State Senate District 38|
|January 1, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
Ford graduated from North Carolina A&T University in 1994 and the Institute of Political Leadership in 2004. He currently works as a business operations executive.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:
|North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources|
|• Appropriations on Department of Transportation|
|• Appropriations/Base Budget|
Ford's website highlighted the following campaign themes:
- Excerpt: "We need to be able to stay competitive for these businesses by offering incentives, but shouldn’t do so to our own detriment. That’s why Joel knows that just as important as the incentives are the safeguards that protect our state if the new or relocating business doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Simply stated, he supports incentives, but also supports them having enough "teeth" that penalties can be levied if needed."
- Excerpt: "Joel believes strongly we need to keep politics out of education and allow teachers to do what they do best. We need to work with educators, administrators, private industry, stakeholders, parents and students to help determine the optimal mix of subject matter taught. We also must determine the optimal mix of public/private financing and delivery of educational services."
- Excerpt: "Put people back to work maintaining our roads, bridges and other infrastructure; simple upkeep can save the state millions of dollars in costly repairs and our people are ready to do the work"
Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate 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. Incumbent Joel Ford was unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Richard Rivette was unopposed in the Republican primary. Ford defeated Rivette in the general election.
|North Carolina State Senate, District 38 General Election, 2014|
|Democratic||Joel Ford Incumbent||79.7%||35,366|
Ford ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 38. He defeated Jamison Lawson in the Democratic primary on May 8 and defeated Richard Rivette (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|North Carolina State Senate, District 38, General Election, 2012|
|North Carolina State Senate District 38 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Charlie Dannelly (dropped out but on ballot)||30.3%||4,569|
Comprehensive donor information for Ford is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Ford raised a total of $74,150 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 29, 2013.
|Joel Ford's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||North Carolina State Senate, District 38||$74,150|
|Grand Total Raised||$74,150|
2012Ford won election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ford raised a total of $74,150.
|North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions|
|Top contributors to Joel Ford's campaign in 2012|
|Sellars, Stoney D||$2,000|
|North Carolina Advocates for Justice||$2,000|
|North Carolina Association of Realtors||$2,000|
|Total Raised in 2012||$74,150|
|Source:Follow the Money|
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In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.
- North Carolina League of Conservation Voters: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- The American Conservative Union: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Environment North Carolina: 2013 Legislative Scorecard
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- Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
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Ford and his wife, Deborah, have one child. They currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.
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- Joel Ford on Facebook
- Campaign contributions via Follow the Money: 2012
- votejoelford.com, "Official campaign website," accessed August 19, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Candidate List Grouped by Contest," accessed March 7, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "General Election Candidate List Grouped by Contest," accessed August 12, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "05/06/2014 Official Primary Election Results - Statewide," accessed December 5, 2014
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "11/04/2014 Official General Election Results - Statewide," accessed December 5, 2014
- North Carolina Board of Elections, "Candidate lists," accessed March 9, 2012
- North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Primary Results, 2012," accessed April 15, 2014
- Charlotte Observer, "N.C. Legislature - Mecklenburg: Earle wins 9th term; Aneralla, Tarte battling," May 9, 2012 (dead link)
- followthemoney.org, "Ford, Joel," accessed August 29, 2013
Charlie Dannelly (D)
|North Carolina State Senate District 38
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