June Atkinson

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June Atkinson
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North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction
Incumbent
In office
August 2005 - Present
Term ends
2017
Years in position 9
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$123,198
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 3, 2004
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Campaign $$870,618
Term limitsNone
Education
Bachelor'sRadford University (1969)
Master'sVirginia Polytechnical Institute and State University (1974)
OtherEd.D, North Carolina State University (1996)
Personal
BirthdayAugust 19, 1948
Place of birthMoneta, Virginia
ReligionUnited Methodist
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
June Atkinson (b. August 19, 1948) is the Democratic North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction. She was first elected on November 3, 2004 and assumed office in August 2005. Atkinson won re-election in 2008 and 2012. She is the first woman elected superintendent in North Carolina.[1]

Biography

Atkinson was born in 1948 in Moneta, Virginia. She earned a B.A. in business education from Radford University and began her career as a high school teacher in Roanoke, Virginia. She later moved to North Carolina to teach high school in Charlotte before joining the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction in 1974.

Education

  • BA, Business education, Radford (1969)
  • MEd, Vocational and technical education, Virginia Tech (1974)
  • EdD, Educational leadership and policy, North Carolina State University (1996)

Political career

Superintendent of Public Instruction (2005–Present)

Atkinson has served as North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction since August 2005. She is the first woman to hold the position.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: North Carolina down ballot state executive elections, 2012

Atkinson won re-election in 2012. Her campaign announcement caught many off guard, including fellow Democrats. In January, Atkinson had not been raising money or campaigning, and Democrats had been outspokenly critical of her performance.[3] State Rep. Rick Glazier had initially filed to challenge her, but withdrew his candidacy on February 28, choosing to run for re-election to the House instead.[4]

Richard Alexander, Mark Crawford, Ray Martin, David Scholl and John Tedesco faced off in the Republican primary on May 8. Since no candidate won more than 40 percent the top two vote-getters, Alexander and Tedesco, went to a runoff on July 17, which Tedesco won.[5] Atkinson defeated Tedesco in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Of her campaign, Atkinson stated, "I have a record of accomplishments, but there is much more to do. That's why I ask you to re-elect irie as State Superintendent. We need to make sure that our graduation reaches 100 percent, all students can read well, and teachers are respected, valued, and compensated as they prepare students to be career, college, and citizenship ready."[6]

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJune Atkinson Incumbent 54.2% 2,336,441
     Republican John Tedesco 45.8% 1,971,049
Total Votes 4,307,490
Election Results via NC State Board of Elections.


Endorsements

  • Equality NC Action Fund[7]
  • Charlotte Observer[8]

The official North Carolina State Board of Elections voting guide listed the following endorsements:[6]

  • North Carolina Police Benevolent Association
  • North Carolina Association of Educators
  • Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People
  • AFL-CIO

2008

Atkinson won re-election as North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2008, defeating Republican Richard Morgan.

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2008
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJune Atkinson Incumbent 53.7% 2,177,934
     Republican Richard Morgan 46.3% 1,881,075
Total Votes 4,059,009
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections

2004

Atkinson won election as North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2004, defeating Republican Bill Fletcher.

North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction, 2004
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJune Atkinson 50.1% 1,655,719
     Republican Bill Fletcher 49.9% 1,647,184
Total Votes 3,302,903
Election Results Via: North Carolina State Board of Elections

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Atkinson is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Atkinson raised a total of $870,618 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 20, 2013.[9]

June Atkinson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $318,560
2010 NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $0
2008 NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $357,250
2006 NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Not up for election $21,039
2004 NC Superintendent of Public Instruction Won $173,769
Grand Total Raised $870,618

2012

Atkinson won re-election to the position of North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2012. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $318,560.

2004-2008

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of June Atkinson's donors each year.[10] Click [show] for more information.


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