Joel Ford

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Joel Ford
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North Carolina State Senate District 38
In office
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Joel D. M. Ford is a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 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.

Committee assignments


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


Campaign themes


Ford's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Economic Development/Jobs

  • 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"



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

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.[2][3]


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

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.[4][5][6]

North Carolina State Senate, District 38, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Ford 80.2% 65,715
     Republican Richard Rivette 19.8% 16,214
Total Votes 81,929
North Carolina State Senate District 38 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Ford 52.2% 7,877
Charlie Dannelly (dropped out but on ballot) 30.3% 4,569
Jamison Lawson 17.6% 2,658
Total Votes 15,104

Campaign donors

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.[7]

Joel Ford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 38 Won $74,150
Grand Total Raised $74,150


Ford 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
Mcfarland, Tino$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


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Carolina

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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.

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on environment and conservation issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
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  • Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to pro-family and Biblical values.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to animal welfare, sponsoring animal welfare bills, completing the NCVAW survey and responsiveness to animal advocates constituents.


Ford and his wife, Deborah, have one child. They currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Dannelly (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 38
Succeeded by