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.
Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate will consist of a primary election on May 6, 2014, and a general election on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Morris McAdoo will face Nasif Majeed, Matt Newton, Ty Turner and Joyce Waddell in the Democratic primary.
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|
|Nonpartisan||Joyce Waddell Incumbent||98.9%||11,136|
|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.
Waddell did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.
|Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 1, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||Hans Peter Plotsender||4.2%||669|
|Nonpartisan||James Ross II||9.6%||1,539|
|Nonpartisan||W.L. (Pop) Woodward||9.7%||1,563|
|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
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.
- "CMS Board of Education," "Joyce Waddell," accessed September 12, 2013
- 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 March 7, 2014
- "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Mecklenburg County Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013, 2013
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 5, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013