Kenneth Ledford

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Kenneth Ledford
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Former candidate for
Board member, Cleveland County Schools
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2007
Term limitsN/A
Kenneth Ledford was a candidate for a seat on the Cleveland County school board in a general election on November 5, 2013. He was initially elected to the chamber in 2007 and lost his seat in 2011.




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


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


Ledford did not receive any official endorsements for his campaign.


Ledford lost in the election on November 8, 2011.

Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hooker 9.8% 3,454
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Hoyle 9.7% 3,423
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShearra Miller 9.4% 3,335
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack Hamrick 8.5% 3,009
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoger Harris 8.4% 2,966
     Nonpartisan Danny Lee Blanton 8.2% 2,901
     Nonpartisan Sid Bryson 7.5% 2,654
     Nonpartisan Melvin Lewis Clark 7.8% 2,754
     Nonpartisan Yvette D. Grant 7.7% 2,711
     Nonpartisan Kenneth Ledford 6.9% 2,447
     Nonpartisan Page Morgan 8.3% 2,933
     Nonpartisan Connie Phifer Savell 7.4% 2,625
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 106
Total Votes 35,318
Source: "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 8, 2011," accessed September 17, 2013


Ledford won election to the board in 2007

Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2007
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTommy Green 11.9% 4,092
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJack Hamrick 11.6% 4,013
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngShearra Miller 11.1% 3,830
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Hooker 10.2% 3,516
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKenneth Ledford 10% 3,441
     Nonpartisan Burney Drake 7.1% 2,443
     Nonpartisan Terry McClain 9.6% 3,313
     Nonpartisan S. Dale Oliver 9.8% 3,374
     Nonpartisan Connie Phifer Savell 9.8% 3,386
     Nonpartisan Bob Scoggins 8.5% 2,934
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 110
Total Votes 34,452

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, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. 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.[5]

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