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Gardenia Henley
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Candidate for
Governor of North Carolina
High schoolEast Forsyth High School (1974)
Bachelor'sShaw University
Master'sSoutheastern University
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Place of birthNorth East Winston-Salem
Campaign website
Gardenia Henley is a Democratic candidate for Governor of North Carolina in the 2012 elections.


Henley was born and raised in North East Winston-Salem and graduated from Easy Forsyth High School in Kernersville, NC. A veteran of the U.S. Air Force, she holds a BS in accounting and a MS in taxation and taught taxation at Strayer University in Arlington, VA.

She is retired from the U.S. Department of State's Agency for International Development (USAID), having served for 22 years as an Inspector General Auditor-in-Charge. Henley currently serves as Treasurer of the board of Wintson-Salem Sister Cities. She managed Mayor Pro-Tempore Vivian H. Burke's re-election campaign and former President Clinton's campaign visit to Dakar, Senegal, served on the housing board for the State Department in Dakar, and served as an Inspector General representative on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Handicap Committee.[1]


  • East Forsyth High School (1974)
  • BS, Accounting, Shaw University
  • MS, Taxation, Southeastern University



See also: North Carolina gubernatorial election, 2012

Henley is running for the Democratic nomination for Governor of North Carolina. She faces Walter Dalton, Bill Faison, Bob Etheridge, Gary M. Dunn and Bruce Blackmon in the May 8th primary election.


On her campaign website, Henley outlines her commitment to voters and key platform issues.

As your Governor, I do not want to increase government intervention or support new bills to increase government spending. I will take a look at and review legislation already in place, especially as it relates to the Constitution, and make sure that the necessary controls are in place which act to implement the law. I will assure that follow-up reviews are conducted with adequate oversight for legislation passed. I believe that in most cases we already have laws that could foster good governance but what we have in place must be interpreted properly and consistently implemented. I will find creative ways to decrease spending and help the economy. We must know that the rule of law and good governance is intended for all the people and not just for a select few. I will apply this truth across the board as it applies to economic development which includes creating jobs, health care, education, veterans rights and benefits to name a few. Also, I will insure that laws are properly enforced.

To further discuss your tax dollars, I will fight with a strong arm to make sure that government funding will go where it is needed the most. I am especially interested in initiating a Buy Local Act. I will use some of the same concepts of the Buy American Act to promote economic development directly in our community by pushing first for local and state government to put our tax dollars into community businesses, and by promoting initiatives where larger entities that are funded with our tax dollars are also subjected to the same requirements but at the local level.

Platform issues:

  • Promote Economic Development to Help Create and Keep Jobs
  • Education
  • Veteran's Rights and Benefits
  • Healthcare
  • Advocating for the Mentally and Physically Challenged
  • Gang Awareness and Eradication
  • Homelessness


Henley is a member of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Fund of Winston-Salem and the Northeast Suburban Area Citizens' Advisory Committee. She is a notary public in North Carolina, fluent in French, and is a certified user of American Sign Language.[1]

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