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Tom Gale
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Candidate for
Board member, New Hanover County Board of Education, At-large
Elections and appointments
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Bellville Town Commission
ProfessionReal estate agent
Campaign website
Tom Gale is a Democratic candidate for an at-large seat on the New Hanover County Board of Education in North Carolina. He will compete with fellow Democratic candidates Emma Saunders and Chris Meek as well as four Republican candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014. He was previously a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 20 of the North Carolina House of Representatives.


Gale earned a B.A. in communication studies from UNC-Wilmington. He has been a real estate agent with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage since 2005. Gale previously served as a town commissioner in Bellville from 2004 to 2005. He and his wife have one child.[1][2]



See also: New Hanover County Schools elections (2014)


Tom Gale and fellow Democratic candidates Emma Saunders and Chris Meek are seeking election to the board in the general election on November 4, 2014. They will face Republican candidates Janice Cavenaugh, Don Hayes, Ed Higgins and Bruce Shell.


Gale has not reported any contributions or expenditures to the New Hanover County Board of Elections.


Gale has not received any official endorsements as of April 29, 2014.


See also: North Carolina House of Representatives elections, 2012

Gale ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina House of Representatives District 20. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012. Gale was defeated by Rick Catlin in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

North Carolina House of Representatives, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Catlin 64.1% 25,282
     Democratic Tom Gale 35.9% 14,179
Total Votes 39,461

What's at stake?

Issues in the election

April 17 candidate forum

All five candidates in the May 6, 2014 Republican primary participated in an April 17, 2014 forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Lower Cape Fear. The candidates reached consensus on several issues including the need to reverse a 2013 state budget provision that eliminated starting pay increases of 10 percent for new teachers with master's degrees. Jim Brumit supported repeal of the provision but believes that the pay increase should be smaller. There was also unanimous support for allowing greater school choice for parents but voiced opposition to publicly funded vouchers for students at charters and private schools in New Hanover County. Don Hayes expressed concerns about the lack of accountability for charter schools as well as the negative effects of preferential treatment for charters.[5]

About the district

See also: New Hanover County Schools, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in New Hanover County, North Carolina
New Hanover County Schools is located in Wilmington, the county seat of New Hanover County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, New Hanover County is home to 213,267 residents.[6] New Hanover County Schools is the 12th-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 25,131 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


New Hanover County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 36.6 percent of New Hanover County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in New Hanover County was $50,420 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in New Hanover County was 16.0 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race New Hanover County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 81.4 71.9
Black or African American 14.6 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.6 1.5
Asian 1.4 2.5
Two or More Races 1.9 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 5.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[8]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 46.9 51.5
2008 48.8 50.2
2004 43.7 55.8
2000 44.0 55.0

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.[9]

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