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Elisabeth Motsinger

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Elisabeth Motsinger
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Board member, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 9
Elections and appointments
Last electionMay 6, 2014
First electedNovember 2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sWinston-Salem State University
ProfessionPhysician assistant
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Elisabeth Motsinger is an at-large member of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education in North Carolina. She first won election to the board in 2006. Motsinger and fellow Democratic candidates Katherine Fansler and German D. Garcia face three Republican candidates in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Motsinger was a 2012 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 5th Congressional District of North Carolina.[1] Motsinger defeated Bruce G. Peller in the Democratic primary on May 8, 2012.[2] Motsinger was defeated by Republican incumbent Virginia Foxx on November 6, 2012.[3]


Motsinger completed her undergraduate degree from Winston-Salem State University. She is currently completing a graduate program in bioethics from Wake Forest University. Motsinger is a physician assistant at Salem Center in Winston-Salem. She and her husband, John, have three kids currently attending district schools.[4]



See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools elections (2014)


Elisabeth Motsinger advanced from the May 6, 2014 Democratic primary against Katherine Fansler, German D. Garcia, Donald Dunn and Suzanne Carroll. Motsinger, Fansler and Garcia will face Republican candidates Mark Johnson, John M. Davenport, Jr. and Robert Barr in the November 4, 2014 general election.


Primary election
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger Incumbent 33% 11,177
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKatherine Fansler 22.2% 7,519
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngGerman D. Garcia 17.8% 6,011
     Democratic Suzanne Carroll 14.4% 4,886
     Democratic Donald Dunn 12.6% 4,252
Total Votes 33,845
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, " 05/06/2014 UNOFFICIAL PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS - FORSYTH," May 6, 2014 These results are unofficial.


Motsinger has reported $199.00 in contributions and $99.00 in expenditures to the Forsyth County Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $100.00 on hand as of April 30, 2014.[5]


Motsinger received the endorsement of the Winston-Salem Journal for the May 6, 2014 primary.[6]


See also: North Carolina's 5th Congressional District elections, 2012

Motsinger ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent North Carolina's 5th District. Motsinger won the nomination on the Democratic ticket after defeating Bruce G. Peller in the primary.[2]

The Washington Post listed the House of Representatives elections in North Carolina in 2012 as one of the states that could have determined whether Democrats retook the House or Republicans held their majority in 2013.[7] North Carolina was rated 8th on the list.[7][8]

U.S. House, North Carolina District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Elisabeth Motsinger 42.5% 148,252
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia Foxx Incumbent 57.5% 200,945
Total Votes 349,197
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"
North Carolina's 5th Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger 69.7% 38,512
Bruce G. Peller 30.3% 16,716
Total Votes 55,228

Campaign finance

Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Motsinger lost the United States House of Representatives election in 2012. During that election cycle, Motsinger's campaign committee raised a total of $133,268 and spent $130,813.[9]


Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJeannie Metcalf 21.2% 43,279
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonny Lambeth 19.9% 40,681
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngElisabeth Motsinger 16.3% 33,215
     Nonpartisan Robert Barr 16.2% 32,996
     Nonpartisan Lori Goins Clark 16.1% 32,922
     Nonpartisan Nancy P. Sherill 9.8% 20,056
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.4% 915
Total Votes 204,064
Source: North Carolina State Board of Elections, "Official Results," November 19, 2010

About the district

See also: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools is located in Winston-Salem, the county seat of Forsyth County, North Carolina. According to the United States Census Bureau, Forsyth County is home to 361,220 residents.[10] Forsyth County Schools is the fourth-largest school district in North Carolina, serving 53,340 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[11]


Forsyth County outperformed the rest of North Carolina in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.6 percent of Forsyth County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 26.8 percent for North Carolina as a whole. The median household income in Forsyth County was $45,809 compared to $46,450 for the state of North Carolina. The poverty rate in Forsyth County was 17.6 percent compared to 16.8 percent for the entire state.[10]

Racial Demographics, 2012[10]
Race Forsyth County (%) North Carolina (%)
White 68.0 71.9
Black or African American 27.1 22.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.8 1.5
Asian 2.1 2.5
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 12.4 8.7

Presidential votes, 2000-2012[12]
Year Democratic vote (%) Republican vote (%)
2012 53.0 45.8
2008 54.8 44.3
2004 45.5 54.1
2000 43.0 56.0

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.[13] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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