Lori Goins Clark

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Lori Goins Clark
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Candidate for
Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, District 2
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
ProfessionSubstitute teacher
Campaign website
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Lori Goins Clark is a Republican candidate for the District 2 seat on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in North Carolina. She advanced against four other Republican candidates in the May 6, 2014 primary election. Clark and fellow Republicans Dana Caudill Jones, David Bryant Singletary and Jeannie Metcalf will face Democratic candidates Laura Elliott and Deanna Frazier Kaplan in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Clark earned her B.A. in music from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She currently works as a part-time marketing employee with Chi-fil-A. Clark has also worked as a substitute teacher at district schools since 2010. She has volunteered time with local chapters of Habitat Humanity and Red Cross as well as the PTA at her child's school. Clark and her husband, Dale, have one child currently attending district schools.[1]



See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)


Lori Goins Clark sought to advance from the May 6, 2014 Republican primary against Irene May, Jeannie Metcalf, David Bryant Singletary and Dana Caudill Jones. Clark, Singletary, Metcalf and Jones will face Democratic candidates Laura Elliott and Deanna Frazier Kaplan in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Primary election
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, District 2 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJeannie Metcalf 26.1% 12,563
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngLori Goins Clark 23.3% 11,213
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDana Caudill Jones 19.8% 9,532
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bryant Singletary 15.6% 7,505
     Republican Irene May 15.2% 7,308
Total Votes 48,121
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 13, 2014


Clark has reported $600.00 in contributions and $0.00 in expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $600.00 on hand as of April 30, 2014.[2]


Clark earned the endorsement of the Winston-Salem Journal ahead of the May 6, 2014 primary election.[3]


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeannie Metcalf 21.2% 43,279
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonny Lambeth 19.9% 40,681
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger 16.3% 33,215
     Nonpartisan Robert Barr 16.2% 32,996
     Nonpartisan Lori Goins Clark 16.1% 32,922
     Nonpartisan Nancy P. Sherill 9.8% 20,056
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 915
Total Votes 204,064
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Official Results," November 19, 2010

Campaign themes


Clark lists her themes for the 2014 campaign on her campaign's Facebook page:

So that you who read this will know my heart, several things I VALUE in education are:

  • LOCAL CONTROL as much as possible - and concerning curriculum (that our children understand our country's exceptional foundation and that we reconsider Common Core), arts and languages in elementary school curriculum (and that they remain an elective option in middle and high school curriculum)
  • COMMUNITY and parental INVOLVEMENT and CONNECTIONS in the schools identified as “failing” - with early emphasis on personal and family responsibility (using existing, locally-chosen character education curriculum and beginning in Kindergarten) and linking these schools and at-risk students with nearby churches/mentors/businesses to give direction, encourage responsibility, shepherd vocational development and foster respect for teachers.
  • CHOICE - our choice assignment plan is a proven model and I would continue to keep it that way - giving parents as many options at all levels (elementary, middle and high) as possible. Parents should choose schools for their children. Those who can are more likely to be involved, and involved parents are KEY to a school's success and its children!
  • TEACHERS - we need to revive the value of education and our teachers! We ask them to "show growth" in every single child they teach, and yet our families are broken to the point that we fail in preparing them to learn. This, I believe - the breakdown of the fabric of society - the family, is the root of most societal issues we face today. Teachers are to teach and yet, we expect them to be family and be disciplinarians to our children, as well. They simply cannot. They are under-appreciated and underpaid, and I believe we can do better for them in those areas - at the state and the local level.


—Lori Goins Clark's campaign Facebook page, (2014), [1]

About the district

See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents.[5] Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[6]


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Forsyth County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 68.0 71.9
Black or African American 27.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[7]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 53.0 45.8
2008 54.8 44.3
2004 45.5 54.1
2000 43.0 56.0

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.[8]

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