Tony Foriest

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Tony Foriest
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Candidate for
U.S. House, North Carolina, District 6
Prior offices
North Carolina State Senate
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Tony Foriest was a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 24. Foriest ran unopposed in the Democratic primary for North Carolina's 6th Congressional District.[1]

Foriest is the former Chair of the Alamance County Democratic Party. He joined the North Carolina State Senate in 2009 and served in that position until 2011, representing the 24th District.

Foriest was defeated by Republican incumbent Howard Coble on November 6, 2012.[2]


Foriest earned his B.A. in Economics from the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. He went on to receive his M.B.A. from Elon University.

Foriest served in the United States Army. He was Executive of the Xerox Corporation from 1977 to 1999.

Committee assignments

While a member of the North Carolina State Senate, Foriest served on the following committees:



Foriest ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[1]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[3] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[3]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 6 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Tony Foriest 39.1% 142,467
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngHoward Coble Incumbent 60.9% 222,116
Total Votes 364,583
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Foriest lost his bid for re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 24, falling to challenger Richard Gunn (R) in the November 2 general election.[4]

Foriest was unopposed in the primary election on May 4, 2010.[5] The election took place on November 2, 2010.


On November 4, 2008, Foriest was elected to the 24th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting Richard Gunn, Jr. (R).[6] Foriest raised $659,350 for his campaign, while Gunn raised $386,875.[7]

North Carolina Senate, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tony Foriest (D) 38,539
Richard Gunn, Jr. (R) 34,854

Campaign donors


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Foriest lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Foriest's campaign committee raised a total of $46,219 and spent $36,340.[8]


In 2008, Foriest collected $659,350 in donations.[9]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
North Carolina Democratic Senate CMTE $348,768
North Carolina Democratic Party $203,659
Citizens for Higher Education $8,000
State Employees Association of North Carolina $4,000
Nat Harris $3,500


Foriest and his wife, Clara, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 24
Succeeded by
Richard Gunn (R)