Ben Clark

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Ben Clark
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North Carolina State Senate District 21
Incumbent
In office
2013-Present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSeventy-First Senior High School, 1977
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina A & T State University
Master'sSouthern Illinois University
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Air Force
Years of service20-years
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
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Robert Benjamin "Ben" Clark III is a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Biography

Clark earned his B.S. in Industrial Technology from North Carolina A & T State University in 1981 and his M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. Clark has been an Assistant Professor of Aerospace Studies at North Carolina A & T State University. He served in the United States Air Force for 20-years including stints as a radio spectrum manager and operations manager.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Clark served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations on General Government and Information Technology
Commerce
Finance
Judiciary II
Program Evaluation
Rules and Operations of the Senate

Elections

2014

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 6, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 28, 2014. Incumbent Ben Clark defeated Sylvia Adamczyk, Billy R. King and Eronomy Smith in the Democratic primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3]

2012

See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Clark ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 21. He advanced to a primary runoff after running against Larry Shaw, Eronomy Smith, Allen Thomas, Jr., Curtis Worthy, and Billy R. King in the Democratic primary on May 8. He then defeated Billy R. King in the July 17, 2012 runoff. Clark was unchallenged in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

North Carolina State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Clark 100% 57,805
Total Votes 57,805
North Carolina State Senate District 21 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBilly R. King (advanced to runoff) 24.5% 4,353
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Clark (advanced to runoff) 19.8% 3,525
Larry Shaw 19.8% 3,523
Curtis Worthy 19% 3,385
Allen Thomas, Jr. 14% 2,489
Eronomy Smith 2.9% 523
Total Votes 17,798

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Clark is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Clark raised a total of $83,396 during that time period. This information was last updated on August 28, 2013.[6]

Ben Clark's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 North Carolina State Senate, District 13 Won $38,690
2010 North Carolina State Senate, District 13 Defeated $18,681
2008 North Carolina State Senate, District 13 Defeated $39,956
2006 North Carolina State Senate, District 13 Defeated $-13,931
Grand Total Raised $83,396

2012

Clark won election to the North Carolina State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Clark raised a total of $38,690.
North Carolina State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ben Clark's campaign in 2012
Clark III, Robert B$19,079
Clark Jr, Robert B$10,000
Clark, Carolyn$2,600
Clark, Alean H$1,000
North Carolina Advocates for Justice$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$38,690
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the North Carolina General Assembly was in session from January 9 to July 26. In 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly will be in session from May 14 through a date to be determined by the legislature.

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  • Environment North Carolina: 2014 Legislative Scorecard
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  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to pro-family and Biblical values.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills relating to animal welfare, sponsoring animal welfare bills, completing the NCVAW survey and responsiveness to animal advocates constituents.

Personal

Clark currently resides in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Eric Mansfield (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 21
2013–Present
Succeeded by
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