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Joel Ford
Joel Ford.jpg
North Carolina State Senate District 38
In office
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 2
Base salary$13,951/year
Per diem$104/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Office website
Campaign website
Joel D. M. Ford is a Democratic member of the North Carolina State Senate, representing District 38. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Ford graduated from North Carolina A&T University in 1994 and the Institute of Political Leadership in 2004. He currently works as a business operations executive.

Committee assignments


At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Ford served on the following committees:

North Carolina Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture/Environment/Natural Resources
Appropriations on Department of Transportation
Appropriations/Base Budget


Campaign themes


Ford's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Economic Incentives

  • Excerpt:"Joel knows that just as important as the incentives are the safeguards that protect our state if the new or relocating business doesn’t hold up their end of the bargain. Simply stated, he supports incentives, but also supports them having enough "teeth" that penalties can be levied if needed."


  • Excerpt:"One of Joel’s largest goals is to advance bipartisan efforts to reform our outdated tax code and reduce a bloated Department of Revenue that strains the state payroll. We need to reduce the rate, expand the base and close the loopholes to make our tax system more equitable and efficient."


  • Excerpt:"The quality of education, from K-12 to community colleges to universities, is critical to a healthy economy. It is one of the top factors in attracting and retaining businesses. That’s why Joel places such a premium on education."


  • Excerpt:"Whether it’s moving people or moving products, businesses must have reliable transportation and infrastructure to make their bottom lines healthy. Learn more about Joel’s views on transportation/infrastructure here."



See also: North Carolina State Senate elections, 2012

Ford ran in the 2012 election for North Carolina State Senate District 38. He defeated Jamison Lawson in the Democratic primary on May 8 and defeated Richard Rivette (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3][4]

North Carolina State Senate, District 38, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoel Ford 80.2% 65,715
     Republican Richard Rivette 19.8% 16,214
Total Votes 81,929
North Carolina State Senate District 38 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

Campaign donors


Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.


Ford and his wife, Deborah, have one child. They currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Charlie Dannelly (D)
North Carolina State Senate District 38
Succeeded by