Kathy Falls

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Kathy Falls
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Board member, Cleveland County Schools
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Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2009
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Kathy Falls is a member of the Cleveland County school board. She was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and won re-election on November 5, 2013.




Falls ran for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Phillip Glover, S. Dale Oliver, George Litton, Darius Griffin, Donnie Thurman, Jr., Jeff Gregory, Kenneth Ledford, and Danny Blanton.[1]


Cleveland County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonnie Thurman, Jr. 19.1% 5,209
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Glover Incumbent 13.6% 3,706
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Falls Incumbent 12.9% 3,518
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Blanton 12.7% 3,449
     Nonpartisan Darius Griffin 12.5% 3,405
     Nonpartisan George Litton Incumbent 9.3% 2,535
     Nonpartisan S. Dale Oliver Incumbent 9.2% 2,519
     Nonpartisan Kenneth Ledford 7.3% 1,999
     Nonpartisan Jeff Gregory 3% 820
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 85
Total Votes 27,245
Source: Cleveland County, NC, "November 5, 2013 Municipal Election," accessed December 13, 2013


Falls reported no contributions or expenditures to the Cleveland County Board of Election.[2]


Falls did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngS. Dale Oliver 19.5% 4,049
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Glover 18.6% 3,856
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngGeorge Litton 16.9% 3,507
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKathy Falls 15.3% 3,173
     Nonpartisan Eddie Benton 5.5% 1,147
     Nonpartisan Yvette D. Grant 9.3% 1,919
     Nonpartisan Connie Phifer Savell 14.5% 3,013
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 59
Total Votes 20,723
Source: "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 17, 2013

What was at stake?

Four seats were at stake in the November election, including Vice Chairman George Litton's seat. All four incumbents ran for re-election to their respective seats. The board will continue to address budgetary cuts and decreasing district enrollment.

About the district


Cleveland County Schools is located in Cleveland County, North Carolina
Cleveland County Schools is located in Shelby, North Carolina and is the district for Cleveland County. Cleveland County has population of 97,474.[3]


The county underperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (79.5%) is lower 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 Cleveland County (15.6%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Cleveland County is $38,352 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Cleveland County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 76.7 71.9
Black or African American 20.7 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 1.5
Asian 0.9 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander Z 0.1
Two or More Races 1.4 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 3.0 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 39.3 59.8
2008 40.0 60.0
2004 61.4 38.3
2000 58.2 41.1

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[5][6]

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  1. "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "2013 Election Candidates," accessed September 17, 2013
  2. Cleveland County Board of Elections, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 16, 2013"
  4. The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
  6. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.