John T. McDevitt

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John T. McDevitt
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Candidate for
North Carolina State Senate District 46
Prior offices
Retired Sheriff
High schoolKings Mountain High (1973)
Place of birthCleveland County
ProfessionLaw Enforcement
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John T. McDevitt was a 2012 Democratic candidate for District 46 of the North Carolina State Senate. McDevitt was born in Cleveland County and grew up in Kings Mountain. He graduated from Kings Mountain High School in 1973 and became a Burke County sheriff’s deputy in 1975. McDevitt later worked at the Morganton Police Department and first ran for sheriff of Burke County in 1998. He retired from his duty as sheriff in June 2011.[1]



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

McDevitt ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 46. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on May 8 and was defeated by incumbent Republican state Sen. Warren Daniel, a Morganton attorney in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2]

North Carolina State Senate, District 46, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWarren Daniel Incumbent 56% 43,904
     Democratic John T. McDevitt 41.3% 32,409
     Libertarian Richard C. Evey 2.7% 2,144
Total Votes 78,457

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McDevitt supports strengthening public education funding, opposes free trade deals, and states that he will work for "access to well managed public lands for hunting, fishing, hiking, birding, and all other outdoor pursuits."[3]


McDevitt and his wife Cathy have three children and two granddaughters.[3]

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