|Board of Education Member, District 1|
|NCPAPA'S Distinguished Leadership Program|
|Future Ready Leadership|
|Leadership Group of the Carolinas|
|North Carolina New Schools|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||October 8, 2013|
|Term limits||4 years|
|Principal of Topsail Jr.-Sr. High School|
|Principal of Zebulon High School|
|Principal of Durant Rd. Middle Year Round|
|Bachelor's||Secondary Education - Social Studies, University of North Carolina-CH|
|Master's||School Administration, University of North Carolina-CH|
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.
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.
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
|| Don McIntyre
|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.
Benton raised a total of 7,741.72 in campaign contributions.
|| Cash on hand
| Tom Benton
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.
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.
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- ↑  "Wake school board member Tom Benton to run for election this fall" "News Observer"
- ↑ Members Bio and Contact Information, Accessed 8/11/13
- ↑ Tom Benton for School Board, "Endorsements," accessed October 2, 2013
- ↑ Wake County Board of Elections, "Wake County Campaign Finance Reports," accessed October 2, 2013
- ↑ 5.0 5.1 U.S. Census, "Wake County Quick Facts, accessed August 4, 2013
- ↑ name=Quickfact
- ↑ North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Official Votes by Tabulation Voting Districts, accessed August 4, 2013