Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe

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Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe
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Board member, Onslow County School Board, At-large
Former incumbent
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Last electionMay 6, 2014
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Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe held an at-large seat on the Onslow County school board in North Carolina. She was initially elected to the chamber in 1994 and lost re-election on May 6, 2014.



See also: Onslow County Schools elections (2014)


Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe challenged fellow incumbent Brock Ridge and newcomers Joel Churchwell and Bob Williams for an at-large seat in the general election on May 6, 2014.


Kellum-Sharpe lost re-election to the board on May 6, 2014.

Onslow County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBob Williams 27% 8,817
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrock Ridge Incumbent 25.6% 8,369
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Churchwell 24.3% 7,939
     Nonpartisan Mary Anne Kellum-Sharpe Incumbent 22.5% 7,352
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.7% 235
Total Votes 32,712
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "05/06/2014 OFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - ONSLOW," accessed June 2, 2014


Kellum-Sharpe did not report any campaign contributions or expenditures to the Onslow County Board of Elections.[1]


Kellum-Sharpe did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.


Kellum-Sharpe won re-election to her seat in 2010.

Onslow County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBrock Ridge 21.6% 5,915
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMary Ann Kellum-Sharpe 16.1% 4,420
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLina Padgett-Parker 14.7% 4,038
     Nonpartisan Ronnie Ross 13.6% 3,738
     Nonpartisan Mike Hewitt 10.4% 2,851
     Nonpartisan Curtis Pittman 9.6% 2,640
     Nonpartisan Sam Kirk 8.7% 2,398
     Nonpartisan William Roger Jones, Sr. 4.9% 1,336
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 102
Total Votes 27,438
Source: Onslow County Board of Elections, "Primary Election: May 4, 2010," accessed March 19, 2014

What was at stake?

Three seats on the Onslow County school board were at stake in the May 6, 2014 election. Incumbents Brock Ridge and Mary Kellum-Sharpe sought re-election to their respective seats against challengers Joel Churchwell and Bob Williams.

Issues in the district

School improvement plan

In March 2014, Onslow County commissioners approved a $145 million capital improvement plan to build six new schools in ten years. Commissioners approved the plan to maintain a fund balance that would not exceed 8% of annual expenditures, after rejecting an amendment proposed by the Board of Education that would allow a fund balance of 16%. Todd Lyman, Onslow County's Public Information Officer, says the commissioners want to use a sales tax to help pay for the plan. However, since the county does not have the authority to levy a sales tax, the Board of Commissioners agreed that they will petition the state for a sales tax to help fund county education initiatives. Some sources claim that a property tax might help pay for the project as well. The Onslow County School's Capital Reserve fund would provide the initial investment of $13 million. Construction would begin in May 2015. Onslow County proposed a school bond referendum in 2013 that 60% of voters rejected due to a potential property tax increase.[2][3]

About the district

See also: Onslow County Schools, North Carolina
Onslow County Schools is located in Onslow County, North Carolina
Onslow County Schools is located in Onslow County, North Carolina. Onslow County is home to 183,263 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[4] Onslow County Schools is the 14th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 23,890 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[5]


Onslow County underperformed in comparison to the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 18.3% of Onslow County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 26.8% for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Onslow County was $45,812 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Onslow County was 13.9% compared to 16.8% for the entire state.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
Race Onslow County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 76.6 71.9
Black or African American 16.2 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.3 0.1
Two or More Races 4.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 11.1 8.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Republican 33,154 35.0
Democratic 30,614 32.3
Libertarian 487 0.5
No Party 30,420 32.1

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.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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