Malishai Woodbury

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Malishai Woodbury
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Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, District 1
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
ProfessionProject grant coordinator
Campaign website
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Malishai Woodbury was a candidate for the District 1 seat on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in North Carolina. She lost election against fellow Democratic candidates Vic Johnson, Chenita Barber Johnson and Deanna Taylor in the May 6, 2014 primary election.


Woodbury currently works as a project grant coordinator with Guilford County Schools. Her work deals with the district's one-to-one computing program. Woodbury is also a history instructor at North Carolina A&T University.[1][2]



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


Malishai Woodbury ran against fellow Democratic candidates Vic Johnson, Chenita Barber Johnson and Deanna Taylor in the primary election on May 6, 2014.


Primary election
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, District 1 Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDeanna Taylor 32.9% 3,167
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngVic Johnson Incumbent 31.3% 3,012
     Democratic Malishai Woodbury 24.6% 2,365
     Democratic Chenita Barber Johnson 11.3% 1,088
Total Votes 9,632
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 13, 2014


Woodbury did not report any contributions or expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections.


Woodbury did not receive any official endorsements in the election.

Campaign themes


Woodbury listed her themes for the 2014 campaign on her campaign website:

Community collaboration

In order to connect more effectively with all of our students and families in WSFCS, Shai Woodbury would like to extend community collaborations to more "grassroots" organizations, like neighborhood, social service, and minister groups.


—Malishai Woodbury's campaign website, (2014), [4]


Teachers play an essential role in education as facilitators, coaches, instructors, etc of learning. Shai Woodbury would like to strengthen the support of teachers and empower them by modifying personnel policy to reflect more teacher active leadership.


—Malishai Woodbury's campaign website, (2014), [4]

Achievement gap

Since Winston-Salem Forsyth County Schools believes that all students should have access to a quality education, then we must ensure that we prioritize equity across the district. Therefore, all schools will have the resources, human and capital, to provide all students with a quality education. This would be a great step towards closing the academic achievement gap.


—Malishai Woodbury's campaign website, (2014), [4]

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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