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Shelly Willingham

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Shelly Willingham
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23
In office
January 1, 2015 - present
Term ends
December 31, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Shelly Willingham is a Democratic member of the North Carolina House of Representatives, representing District 23. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Willingham served two terms on the Edgecombe County Board of Elections.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Willingham served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2015
Alcoholic Beverage Control
Appropriations on Information Technology
Education - Universities
Judiciary IV



See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2014

Elections for the office of North Carolina House of Representatives 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. Shelly Willingham and Rusty Holderness defeated Taro Knight and Bronson Williams in the Democratic primary. Willingham defeated Holderness in the July 15 run-off primary and was unchallenged in the general election.[2][3][4][5][6]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Willingham (advanced to runoff) 35.6% 2,978
Green check mark transparent.pngRusty Holderness (advanced to runoff) 30.4% 2,543
Taro Knight 20.5% 1,715
Bronson Williams 13.5% 1,126
Total Votes 8,362
North Carolina House of Representatives, District 23, Run-off Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngShelly Willingham (advanced to general election) 52.2% 2,702
Rusty Holderness 47.8% 2,478
Total Votes 5,180


See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in North Carolina

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In 2014, Willingham's endorsements included the following:[7]

  • State Employees Association of North Carolina (SEANC)

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Political offices
Preceded by
Joe Tolson (D)
North Carolina House - District 23
January 1, 2015-present
Succeeded by