Joyce Waddell

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Joyce Waddell
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Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 3
North Carolina State Senate, District 40
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2009
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sSouth Carolina State University
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina A & T State University and Appalachian State University
Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Greensboro
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Joyce Waddell is a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and won for re-election to the District 3 seat in a general election on November 5, 2013.

Waddell is a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 40. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Waddell is a graduate of South Carolina State University, and holds a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, North Carolina A & T State University and Appalachian State University. She earned her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has served on more than 15 boards and community organizations, many serving children, in appointed and elected capacities. Waddell has three decades of experience in education, including 21 years in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools as a teacher and administrator.[1]



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. Joyce Waddell defeated Nasif Majeed, Matt Newton, Ty Turner and Morris McAdoo in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]


See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elections (2013)


Waddell ran unopposed for the District 3 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 3, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Waddell Incumbent 98.9% 11,136
     Nonpartisan Write-in 1.1% 127
Total Votes 11,263
Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013


Waddell reported $500.00 in contributions but no expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, which left her campaign with $500.00 on hand.[4]


Waddell did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 1, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Waddell 33% 5,304
     Nonpartisan Nicole Hudson 19.8% 3,187
     Nonpartisan Joel Levy 3.6% 586
     Nonpartisan Vivian Mitchell 12.7% 2,045
     Nonpartisan Hans Peter Plotsender 4.2% 669
     Nonpartisan Aaron Pomis 7.2% 1,165
     Nonpartisan James Ross II 9.6% 1,539
     Nonpartisan W.L. (Pop) Woodward 9.7% 1,563
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.2% 35
Total Votes 16,093
Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 11, 2013

What was at stake?

Waddell's District 3 seat was at stake as well as the financial security of the district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools experienced budget difficulties in recent years and the board had recently developed a school bond plan to reopen and expand current schools after closing some in 2010.

About the district

See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the district for Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County has population of 969,031.[5]


The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Mecklenburg County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 60.1 71.9
Black or African American 31.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.5 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[6]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.8 38.0
2008 62.0 38.0
2004 51.6 48.0
2000 48.3 51.0

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Preceded by
Malcolm Graham (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 40
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by