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Charlie Smith Dannelly
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North Carolina State Senate District 38
Former member
In office
1995 - 2013
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 1994
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sJohnson C. Smith University (1962)
Master'sUniversity of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1966)
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Army
Years of service1951 – 1954
Date of birthAugust 13, 1924
Place of birthBishopville, South Carolina
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Charlie Smith Dannelly (b. August 13, 1924) is a former Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 38 from 1995 - 2013.

Dannelly was a City Council member from 1977 to 1989. In 2003, he became Deputy President Pro Tempore in the senate.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Dannelly served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Dannelly served on these committees:



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Dannelly initially declared for re-election but later announced prior to the primary that he would not in fact seek another term.[1][2]

North Carolina State Senate District 38 Democratic Primary Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Ford 52.2% 7,877
Charlie Dannelly (dropped out but on ballot) 30.3% 4,569
Jamison Lawson 17.6% 2,658
Total Votes 15,104


See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2010

Dannelly won re-election to the North Carolina State Senate District 38, defeating Cedric Scott (R).[3]

North Carolina Senate, General Election Results, District 38 (2010)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Smith Dannelly (D) 33,692 68.67%
Cedric Scott (R) 15,369 31.33%

Dannelly was not opposed in the primary election on May 4, 2010.[4]


On November 4, 2008, Dannelly was elected to the 38th District Seat in the North Carolina State Senate, besting James Soder (R) and C. Travis Wheat (L). [5] Dannelly raised $41,586 for his campaign, while Soder and Wheat did not raise any money. [6]

North Carolina Senate, District 38 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Charlie Smith Dannelly (D) 67,755
James Soder (R) 22,056
C. Travis Wheat (L) 2,588

Campaign donors


In 2010, Dannelly collected $30,604 in donations.[7]


In 2008, Dannelly collected $41,586 in donations.[8]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Citizens for Higher Education $4,000
Bank of America $3,000
North Carolina Medical Society $2,000
John Deere & CO $2,000
North Carolina Retail Merchants Association $1,200


Dannelly earned his B.A. in Education from Johnson C. Smith University in 1962. He went on to receive his M.Ed in Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in 1966.

Dannelly was a First Lieutenant in the United States Army 82nd Airborne from 1951 to 1954. He was then a teacher for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools from 1962 to 1963. From 1963 to 1966 he worked as Assistant Principal for Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. He then became Principal of Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and worked in that position until 1991.

Dannelly and his wife Rose have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
North Carolina State Senate District 38
Succeeded by
Joel Ford (D)