Roger Craig Morrow

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Roger Craig Morrow
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Former candidate for
Board member, Iredell-Statesville School Board, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Education
High schoolSouth Iredell High School
Associate'sMitchell Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of North Carolina, Charlotte
Personal
ProfessionBusiness owner
ReligionBaptist
Roger Craig Morrow was a candidate for the District 3 seat on the Iredell-Statesville school board in North Carolina. He was defeated in the general election on May 6, 2014. District 3 includes East Iredell Elementary School, Pressly Elementary School, Statesville Middle School, Statesville High School, Northview Elementary School, CCTL, N.B. Mills Elementary School, the Visual & Performing Arts Center and shares Monticello School.[1]

Biography

Morrow is a graduate of South Iredell High School. He earned an Associate's degree from Mitchell Community College and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business from the University of North Carolina, Charlotte. He currently owns an insurance company called Morrow Insurance & Associates. Morrow is a member of the South River Baptist Church and Fourth Creek Rotary Club. He is a former member of the West Iredell Ruritan Club. He is also on the board of directors of the Greater Statesville Chamber of Commerce and is a former board member of the Monticello Volunteer Fire Department.
Morrow announced West Iredell High School football games for five years and also served as president of the booster club. From June 2011 to August 2012, he also broadcast a Saturday morning show on local radio station WSIC in which he recapped the county’s Friday night football games. He currently announces Statesville High basketball games for Country Legends 92.9, a local radio station. Morrow is married and has two children from a previous marriage.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Iredell-Statesville Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

Roger Craig Morrow challenged Cynthia Haynes, Kevin Ross, John Rogers, Jr. and John Donnelly for the District 3 seat in the general election on May 6, 2014.

Results

Morrow was defeated in the 2014 election.

Iredell-Statesville Schools, District 3 General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia Haynes 32.4% 853
     Nonpartisan John Rogers, Jr. Incumbent 24.2% 635
     Nonpartisan Roger Craig Morrow 24% 632
     Nonpartisan John Donnelly 10.1% 265
     Nonpartisan Kevin Ross 8.9% 235
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.3% 9
Total Votes 2,629
Source: North Carolina Board of Elections, "05/06/2014 UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - IREDELL," accessed June 2, 2014

Funding

Morrow reported $1,315.36 in contributions and $1,212.98 in expenditures to the Iredell County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $102.38 on hand[3]

Endorsements

Morrow did not received any official endorsements for his campaign.

What was at stake?

Four seats on the Iredell-Statesvilles school board were at stake in the May 6, 2014 election. District 3 incumbent John Rogers, Jr. and District 7 incumbent Anna Bonham sought re-election to their respective seats.

Issues in the district

Potential new high school

Iredell-Statesvilles Schools is considering adding a sixth high school to the district. The potential new school would relieve overcrowding at Troutman and Mooresville schools, especially South Iredell High School (SIHS) and Lake Norman High School. School board members already voted in February 2014 to use open classrooms at the Career Academy & Technical School to ease overcrowding at SIHS. Any construction on the site would have to wait until Iredell County commissioners decide to put a bond referendum for school facilities on the ballot and it passes in a public vote. District leaders have said it would be considered in November 2014. The district acquired the property where the school would be located in July 2013.[4]

About the district

See also: Iredell-Statesville Schools, North Carolina
Iredell-Statesville Schools is located in Iredell County, North Carolina
Iredell-Statesville Schools is located in Iredell County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Iredell County is home to 279,641 residents.[5] Iredell-Statesville Schools is the 17th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 21,336 students during the 2010-2011 school year.[6]

Demographics

Iredell 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 23.0% of Iredell 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 Iredell County was $50,058 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Iredell County was 13.5% compared to 16.8% for the entire state.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race Iredell County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 83.3 71.9
Black or African American 12.3 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.5 1.5
Asian 2.2 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 1.6 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 8.7

Party Affiliation, 2013[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 32,817 29.8
Republican 45,205 41.1
Libertarian 369 0.3
No Party 31,576 28.7

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.[8]

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