Zora Felton

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Zora Felton
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Board of Education Member, District 7
Elections and appointments
Next generalOctober 8, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sNorth Carolina State University
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Zora Felton ran for the District 7 seat on the Wake County school board in an election on October 8, 2013.


Felton has resided in Wake County since 1964. She has 25 years of experience teaching in Wake County. She is a parent of three children who graduated from Leesville High School and North Carolina Public Universities.[1]



Felton defeated incumbent Deborah Prickett for the District 7 seat on October 8, 2013.

Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 7, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngZora Felton 57.8% 6,135
     Nonpartisan Deborah Prickett 42.2% 4,476
Total Votes 10,611
Source: WNCN These results are unofficial


Felton was endorsed by Wake NCAE, Doug Young (President of Young Group Insurance Agency), Wray Fleming (Retired Educator from Wake County Public Schools) and a district parent.[2]

Campaign finance

Felton raised a total of 19,840.02 in campaign contributions.[3]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Zora Felton $19,840.02 $17,920.89 $1,919.13

What was at stake?

Four seats on the school board were at stake. Incumbents Tom Benton, Deborah Prickett and Bill Fletcher ran for re-election. The new school board will be the first members to experience changing term lengths, and will address the school bond issue.

About the District

See also: Wake County Public School System, North Carolina
Wake County Public School System is located in Wake County, North Carolina
According to the 2010 Census Bureau, Wake County is home to 952,151 residents.[4]The county seat is located in Raleigh, which is also the state capital.


Wake County outperforms the rest of North Carolina based on average household income, poverty rate and higher education achievement in 2011. The median household income in Wake County was $65,289 compared to $46,291 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Wake County was 10.1% compared to 16.1% for the entire state. The U.S. Census also found that 91.9% of Wake County residents aged 25 years and older attained a bachelor's degree compared to a 84.1% in North Carolina.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[5]
Race District (%) State (%)
White 69.6 71.9
Black or African American 21.4 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 5.8 2.5
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.3 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 61.6 64.7

Party Affiliation[6]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democrat 267,262 54.94%
Republican 211,596 43.50%
Libertarian 6,171 1.27%
Misc. Write-In 1,398 .29%

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.[7] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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