Tom Benton

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Tom Benton
Board of Education Member, District 1
Term ends
November, 2013
NCPAPA'S Distinguished Leadership Program
Future Ready Leadership
Leadership Group of the Carolinas
North Carolina New Schools
Elections and appointments
Next generalOctober 8, 2013
AppointedFebruary 2013
Term limits4 years
Prior offices
Principal of Topsail Jr.-Sr. High School
Principal of Zebulon High School
Principal of Durant Rd. Middle Year Round
Bachelor'sSecondary Education - Social Studies, University of North Carolina-CH
Master'sSchool Administration, University of North Carolina-CH
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Campaign website
Tom Benton currently serves as the District 1 member on the Wake County school board. He was appointed to the chamber in February 2013, and he won re-election on October 8, 2013. Benton campaigned in support of the new budget adoption as well as the development of project's funded by the upcoming school construction bond referendum for $810 million which was also voted on in October.[1]


Benton graduated with a bachelor's degree in Secondary Education - Social Studies and a master's and advanced degree in school administration from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. He has worked a social studies teacher and as a principal. Benton is currently a leadership facilitator/turn around coach with the Leadership Group of the Carolinas and North Carolina New Schools.[2]



Benton defeated Don McIntyre for the District 1 seat on October 8, 2013.

Wake County Public School System General Election, 4-year term, District 1, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngTom Benton 52% 4,211
     Nonpartisan Don McIntyre 48% 3,889
Total Votes 8,100
Source: WNCN These results are unofficial


Benton was endorsed by Russell Killen (Mayor of Knightdale), Bill Fisher (former district principal and former school board member) and many district 1 residents.[3]

Campaign finance

Benton raised a total of 7,741.72 in campaign contributions.[4]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Tom Benton $7,741.72 $1,637.72 $6,578.00

What was at stake?

Four seats on the school board were at stake. Benton and fellow incumbents 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

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.[5]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.[5]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[7]
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: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[8]

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