On primary day, Tuesday, May 8, 2018, you must vote at your assigned precinct. Polling places will be open 6:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. For more information, or a ride to the polls, please call GCDP Headquarters at (336) 292-2997.
Important notice for voters who vote at Hampton Elementary School: If your regular polling place is Hampton Elementary School (Precinct G71), you will vote at Mt. Olivet AME Zion Church at 2123 McConnell Road in Greensboro.
Below is a list of all Democrats on the primary ballot (in ballot order). All Democratic candidates with primaries have been asked to submit a 100-word bio to be included in the e-blast. We will continue to add the bios as they come in.
For more information, you can visit candidate websites or check the League of Women Voters candidate guide at www.VOTE411.org.
U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 6
Ryan is a born and raised North Carolinian and was educated in public schools and universities in this state. We have a lot of problems in our country today. We need proven problem solvers and solution creators to propel us forward. Ryan has worked in over 30 states as a strategy leader helping companies & non-profits of all sizes solve the problems of today, while preparing for the challenges of tomorrow. He has started two businesses that have taught small businesses how to use social media. We are the only candidate who can unseat Mark Walker and need your support.
I’ve picked apples and hoed beets, canned fish in Alaska and felled trees as a forest ranger’s assistant. I drove a taxi while working as a DJ. These varied experiences have brought me in contact with people from diverse backgrounds. Watching my hard-working Chinese-American father and working side-by-side with people from Mexico and the Philippines has given me respect for the can-do attitude of American immigrant. I also served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. I have owned a successful trucking business for over 7 years. I can serve my country again is in its government as a representative for the 6th Congressional District of North Carolina.
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U.S. HOUSE DISTRICT 13
Kathy Manning is a community leader, small business owner, attorney, and mom. She’s running for Congress to bring people together and get hard things done – just like she’s been doing in our community for the past 30 years. Kathy has held leadership roles with the United Way, Community Foundation, National Conference for Community and Justice, and currently sits on the board of UNC Greensboro. She also led one of the largest faith-based charities in the world. Kathy is fighting for a stronger economy, affordable health care, and quality education.
I was born in North Carolina and my family stretches back several generations here in the District. I attended Grimsley High, Greensboro College, and later graduated from Appalachian State, where I was blessed to have wonderful teachers who encouraged and inspired me. Like many people my age, I’ve worked nearly full-time since high school, mostly in blue collar industries, and I’m currently a gig-economy independent trucker, who also raises cattle. Like many working people, I know what it is like to live paycheck to paycheck and to struggle with medical bills and student loans.
N.C. HOUSE DISTRICT 58
KATELYN (KATE) FLIPPEN
I am the progressive candidate who brings the experience and leadership necessary to run a successful District Attorney’s office. With 17 years as Assistant District Attorney serving the victims of crime in Guilford County, I have learned that it’s not about convictions, it’s about justice. I am committed to starting a Veteran’s court, as well as expanding existing Mental Health and Drug Treatment courts. My insider knowledge guarantees the smoothest transition as we prepare for “Raise the Age” legislation to take effect in an effort to break the school-to-prison pipeline. In this important race, let’s fight for justice together.
AVERY MICHELLE CRUMP
Vote Avery Michelle Crump for District Attorney of Guilford County. I have the experience, leadership and integrity to run this office. I prosecuted rapes, murders, and other charges as well as working in juvenile court in my 11 years as an Assistant District Attorney. As a District Court Judge for 9 years, I presided over juvenile court and trained judges on juvenile law making me the perfect candidate to prepare the office for the new raise the age legislation that just passed. I have been married for 19 years and have two teenage sons.
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BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS DISTRICT 8
I am a small business owner with a big vision for creating a county of care. Our region cannot maintain a competitive economy for the things that we all want and enjoy if people can’t access the things that they need first. When elected I will implement the Correct Priority Society Model (CPS-model), a county wide worker program that makes basic needs accessible. After ten years of experience in the non-profit sector, I am very proficient at negotiating a budget while understanding how a change in policy effects people’s access to care and their ability to do business.
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Phone number: (336) 987-4029
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THERRON J. (TJ) PHIPPS
Profession: Law enforcement (retired)
Highest degree earned: Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA), James Madison University
Leadership experience: Commanding officer, Greensboro Police Department; certified assessor-Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies; infantry commander, Army Reserve; FBI National Academy-Quantico, Va., (University of Virginia); Administrative Officers Course-Southern Police Institute (University of Louisville); Police Executive Research Forum-Senior Management Institute for Police (Boston University)
Civic involvement: Guilford College-Board of Visitors; NAACP-Executive Committee/Armed Services & Veterans’ Affairs Committee chair; Other Voices graduate-Steering Committee; Partners Ending Homelessness-Discharge Planning Team; Junior Achievement-instructor; Faith Action International-adviser; Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity-life member; Center Pointe Condominium Owners Association-Executive Board
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Democrat Danny H. Rogers for Sheriff of Guilford County 2018. His motto, “A Positive Change for All Citizens of Guilford County”. A native son of Guilford County raised in High Point has spent over 50 years of his life experiencing and witnessing the discrepancies of previous and current administrations. Rogers’ career in law in enforcement includes, a Detention Officer and Deputy Sheriff in both vice and undercover for Guilford County Sheriff’s Office also, as a Police Officer for High Point Police Department. Rogers experience provides firsthand knowledge on bridging the gap between the community and law enforcement.
JAMES ZIMMERMAN, SR.
BOARD OF EDUCATION AT-LARGE
TIJUANA B. HAYES
KEITH MCINNIS, SR.
Hello, my name is Keith McInnis Sr., and I was born and raised in High Point. I graduated from Ragsdale in 1987. After high school, I served in the USMC and earned three different formal degrees: BS History; Master of Education; and an ED.S degree. I have 20 years of experience in NC public education as a teacher and assistant principal.
I am a single parent, therefore I understand the value of a quality education. I am here to serve GCS and to make sure every student receives a quality education in order to be a successful citizen.
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Phone: (336) 989-5876
ALAN W. DUNCAN
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4
ADRIENNE NICOLE SPINNER
Adrienne is a mother of two girls, business-owner, and social activist. Her platform includes:
(1) fighting to reinstate the cap on charter schools, and returning funding to public education,
(2) “arming” teachers with increased wages, instructional resources, and staff support, and
(3) proposing racial equity/diversity training for GCS, and working with the superintendent’s strategic goals to close achievement gaps. A fresh perspective is needed on the board; one that is not beholden to a biased professional agenda. As a parent of young children, Adrienne feels that she is the best candidate to provide unwavering advocacy for teachers, students, and parents.
I started my career in 1983 as a teacher’s assistant for Guilford County Schools. I became a National Board Certified Teacher at Allen Middle and then transferred to Dudley High. In 2003, I was named GCS High School Teacher of the Year. In 2010, I became a curriculum specialist for secondary English and retired in 2013 after 31.5 years. My strong commitment to education led me back to GCS to work as a tutor at Jackson Middle. I am married to Captain Durwood Best, Guilford County Sheriff’s Office. Our children are also teachers: Jenise Best, Andrews and Denorris Best, Ferndale.
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BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 6
KHEM DENISE IRBY
Khem Irby lives in the Adams Farm and is a proud wife and mother of six. She works at Pearce Elementary in the largest after school program in Guilford County. Khem is a graduate of the Business High Point Leadership Class of 2017. Through Parents Across America, a national public education advocacy organization, she conducts workshops with educators and is the president of the board. She will be receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Christian Ministry Leadership with Barclay College. Most recently Khem has been endorsed by Network for Public Education which was founded by Diane Ravitch.
BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 8
WILLIAM (BJ) LEVETTE