James Barrett

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James Barrett
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Board member, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, At-large
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Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
Term limitsN/A
Associate'sChapel Hill High
Bachelor'sCollege of William and Mary
ProfessionProject Manager
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James Barrett is a member of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City school board. He was first elected to the chamber in 2011 and won re-election in a general election on November 5, 2013.


Barrett has lived in Chapel Hill since 1977. He attended district schools before attending The College of William and Mary. He graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in math and computer science. Barrett has worked as a project manager at IBM since January 1991. He has previously coached baseball and basketball teams and has been a volunteer in his children's math classes. Barrett is also a founding member of the strategy team of Orange County Justice United and a member of its education action team.[1]



Barrett ran for an at-large seat on the school board on November 5, 2013 against Michelle Brownstein, Andrew Davidson and Ignacio Tzoumas.


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, At-large General Election, 4-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichelle Brownstein Incumbent 33.3% 6,366
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Barrett Incumbent 30.4% 5,801
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAndrew Davidson 21.2% 4,049
     Nonpartisan Ignaico Tzoumas 14.5% 2,772
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.6% 120
Total Votes 19,108
Source: Orange County, NC, "November 5, 2013 Municipal Elections," accessed December 16, 2013


Barrett reported $2,053.73 in contributions and $1,269.09 in expenditures to the Orange County Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $784.65.[2]


On October 16, 2013, Indy Week officially endorsed Barrett.[3]

Campaign Events

Orange Politics online forum

On September 22, 2013, the local political blog Orange Politics held a live, on-line forum for all candidates for Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education.[4]

League of Women Voters forum

On September 25, 2013, the League of Women Voters held a forum for all candidates running for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education seats. The main topic discussed was the achievement gaps.[5] A video of the forum is available here.

WCHL radio forum

On October 14, 2013, the local radio station, WCHL, held a forum for all candidates running for the Chapel Hill/Carrboro City Schools Board of Education. The main topic discussed was budget constraints.[6] The audio of the forum is available here.


Chapel-Hill Carrboro City Schools General Election, 4-year term, 2011
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMia Day Burroughs 18.9% 7,735
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJamezetta R. Bedford 17.6% 7,218
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAnnetta Streater 17.3% 7,114
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Kelley 17.2% 7,069
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJames Barrett 17.2% 7,045
     Nonpartisan Kris Casetllano 8.8% 3,615
     Nonpartisan Raymond D. Conrad 2.6% 1,079
     Nonpartisan Write-in 0.4% 156
Total Votes 41,031
Source: Orange County Board of Elections: "Municipal Election November 8, 2011," accessed September 6, 2013

Campaign themes

Davidson identified the following campaign themes on his website:[7]

District plans

"I want to see the 28 strategies of our new long-range plan (http://tinyurl.com/chccslrp) implemented across the district. These are the changes needed to improve instruction, eliminate achievement gaps, have great teachers in place for every class, and ensure that 100% of our students are learning and growing every day."

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

About the district


Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools is located in Orange County, Pennsylvania
Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools covers the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro in southeastern Orange County. Orange County has population of 137,941.[8]


The county outperforms the state averages in education and median household income. According to the 2010 Census, the percentage of residents with a high school degree (90.1%) is higher 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 Orange County (54.6%) compared to the state overall (26.5%). The median household income in Orange County is $56,055 compared to North Carolina's statewide median of $46,291.[8]

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