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Cleveland County Schools elections (2013)
Method of election
What was at stake?
Cleveland County Schools
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Four seats on the Cleveland County Schools Board of Education were up for election on November 5, 2013. Donnie Thurman, Jr., Phillip Glover, Danny Blanton and Kathy Falls defeated five challengers to win the four at-large seats.
About the district
- See also: Cleveland County Schools, North Carolina
The county underperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (79.5%) is lower than the state of North Carolina (84.1%) and the percentage of residents over 25 with a bachelor's degree or higher is higher in Cleveland County (15.6%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Cleveland County is $38,352 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.
Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
Method of board member selection
The Cleveland County Schools Board of Education consists of nine members elected to four-year terms. All members of the board are elected at-large. Four seats were up for election on November 5, 2013 and the remaining five seats are up for election in November 3, 2015.
- Kathy Falls
- Phillip Glover
- S. Dale Oliver
- George Litton
- Darius Griffin
- Donnie Thurman, Jr.
- Jeff Gregory
- Kenneth Ledford
- Danny Blanton
|Cleveland County Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013|
|Nonpartisan||Donnie Thurman, Jr.||19.1%||5,209|
|Nonpartisan||Phillip Glover Incumbent||13.6%||3,706|
|Nonpartisan||Kathy Falls Incumbent||12.9%||3,518|
|Nonpartisan||George Litton Incumbent||9.3%||2,535|
|Nonpartisan||S. Dale Oliver Incumbent||9.2%||2,519|
|Source: Cleveland County, NC, "November 5, 2013 Municipal Election," accessed December 13, 2013|
No candidate received any official endorsements.
No contributions or expenditures were reported during the election, according to the Cleveland County Board of Election.
|Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2011|
|Nonpartisan||Danny Lee Blanton||8.2%||2,901|
|Nonpartisan||Melvin Lewis Clark||7.8%||2,754|
|Nonpartisan||Yvette D. Grant||7.7%||2,711|
|Nonpartisan||Connie Phifer Savell||7.4%||2,625|
|Source: "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 8, 2011," accessed September 17, 2013|
|Cleveland County Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2009|
|Nonpartisan||S. Dale Oliver||19.5%||4,049|
|Nonpartisan||Yvette D. Grant||9.3%||1,919|
|Nonpartisan||Connie Phifer Savell||14.5%||3,013|
|Source: "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Municipal Election November 3, 2009," accessed September 17, 2013|
What was at stake?
Four seats were at stake in the November election, including Vice Chairman George Litton's seat. All four incumbents ran for re-election to their respective seats. The board will continue to address budgetary cuts in the district as well as decreasing district enrollment.
The following were key deadlines for the Cleveland County Schools board of education election:
|July 5, 2013||First day for filing nominating petitions|
|July 19, 2013||Last day to file nominating petitions|
|October 11, 2013||Registration books close|
|October 17, 2013||First day to submit absentee ballot|
|November 2, 2013||Last day to submit absentee ballot|
|November 5, 2013||Election day|
Additional elections on the ballot
In addition to the school board elections, residents of Cleveland County school district voted in various mayoral, city and town council and board of commissioner races.
- School board elections review: Voters opt for experience over new blood in nation's largest school districts
- School board election wrap-up: Incumbents re-elected overwhelmingly in November 5 elections
- Cleveland County Schools, North Carolina
- North Carolina school districts
- List of school districts in North Carolina
- Cleveland County, North Carolina ballot measures
- Local ballot measures, North Carolina
- North Carolina
- Cleveland County Schools Website
- Cleveland County
- Cleveland County Board of Elections
- Public Schools of North Carolina
- "2010 Census: Quick Facts," "Orange County," accessed September 16, 2013"
- The New York TImes, "Election Results," accessed September 5, 2013
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Cleveland County Schools, "Board of Education Docs," accessed January 3, 2014
- Cleveland County Board of Elections, "Campaign Finance Reports," accessed December 23, 2013
- "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Election Schedule," accessed September 17, 2013
- "Cleveland County Board of Elections," "Offices on Ballot," accessed September 17, 2013