Richard McElrath

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Richard McElrath, Sr
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Board member, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, District 2
Former member
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 2009
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWinston-Salem State University
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina Charlotte
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Richard McElrath, Sr was a member of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board. He was first elected to the chamber in 2009 and lost re-election to the District 2 seat in a general election on November 5, 2013.


McElrath graduated of Winston-Salem State University and holds a master's degree in education administration. He received a master teacher certificate from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. He has worked in CMS for more than 35 years, teaching math, shop and drama, and coaching. McElrath and his wife Jacqueline have two children who are graduates of CMS schools and two grandchildren enrolled in CMS.[1]


See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools elections (2013)



McElrath ran for the District 2 seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Thelma Byers-Bailey.


McElrath lost the general election on November 5, 2013.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, District 2, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThelma Byers-Bailey 70.4% 8,471
     Nonpartisan Richard McElrath Incumbent 29.2% 3,515
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 51
Total Votes 12,037
Source: Mecklenburg County, "Election Results," accessed December 14, 2013


McElrath reported no contributions or expenditures to the Mecklenburg County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $22.19 on hand from his previous campaigns.[2]


McElrath did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.


Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools General Election, 4-year term, District 2, 2009
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRichard McElrath 51.8% 6,813
     Nonpartisan Kimberly Mitchell-Walker 47.6% 6,260
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.7% 87
Total Votes 13,160
Source: "Mecklenburg County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 11, 2013

What was at stake?

McElrath's District 2 seat was at stake as well as the financial security of the district. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools experienced budget difficulties in recent years and the board had recently developed a school bond plan to reopen and expand current schools after closing some in 2010.

About the district

See also: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is located in Charlotte, North Carolina and is the district for Mecklenburg County. Mecklenburg County has population of 969,031.[3]


The county outperforms with the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (88.6%) is higher 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 Mecklenburg County (40.4%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Mecklenburg County is $55,994 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[3]

Racial Demographics, 2012[3]
Race Mecklenburg County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 60.1 71.9
Black or African American 31.8 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.1 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.2 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.5 8.7

Presidential Voting Pattern[4]
Year Democratic Vote (%) Republican Vote (%)
2012 60.8 38.0
2008 62.0 38.0
2004 51.6 48.0
2000 48.3 51.0

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