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Voter Guide for Forsyth County School Board & County Commission 2022

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VOTE IN THE COUNTY & N.C. PRIMARY

Election Day is May 17

Early Voting is April 28 – May 14

Pick the Winners

Nine members of the W-S/Forsyth County Board of Education will be elected this year with a primary election in May and general election in November. Voters in District 1 will pick 2 members, voters in District 2 pick 4 members, and all voters elect 3 At-Large members. Find the District you live in at demnc.co/distr.

The May Primary is partisan. Democrats and Republicans use separate Primary ballots, and the candidates from each party with the most votes will advance to the final election in November. Unaffiliated voters may choose either party’s ballot in the May Primary, but will remain Unaffiliated.

The School Board sets priorities and hires the school superintendent to manage daily operations. Here are the candidates on the Democratic Ballot and then on the Republican Ballot.

VOTER GUIDE

Candidates on the Democratic Party Ballot for the At-Large School Board Seats – Pick 3

SABRINA COONE-GODFEY PORTRAIT

Sabrina Coone-Godfrey

Party: Democratic

Occupation: School District Volunteer and SAHM

Background: I have 2 children in the WS/FCS – 2nd & 8th grader. I’ve been a Volunteer for the past 9 yrs in my children’s schools. I am a PTA President, V. Pres., SIT Member, Reading Warrior & District Level Vol. I also serve on other committees. I have been an advocate for students, teachers & schools.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Funding – Obtain funding that allows our schools & educators to have the resources to grow our students.  Communication – Foster & build relationships with the community – implement District Level Parent/Staff/Student Involvement Teams that interact with the Board of Education and Superintendent.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  We need to make sure that we are offering and communicating the services to all of our families; ensuring that they are accessible to those who may need them in a different format and help them through the process.

Website: Sabrina4BOE.com

DEANNA KAPLAN PORTRAIT

Deanna Kaplan

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Board Chair of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County Board of Education

Background: Current Chair of WSFCS Board of Education. PTA president, SIT committee,

Finance Committee Chair, Climate Culture and Equity Committee Chair, Substitute Teacher, Tutor for Reading Warriors. Soon to mentor in schools. Completed numerous education and leadership training workshops.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Teacher Recruitment and Retention. Adequate pay to attract the best teachers. Competitive Pay for our support staff, custodians, cafeteria workers and bus drivers. Catch our kids up from the learning they lost during the pandemic. Third Grade Literacy. Closing the Achievement gap.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Having a high quality and high performing diverse teaching staff. Making sure students have access to quality instructional materials and resources. Focus on an inclusive environment and culture where every student feels capable, connected and cared for (the three C’s).

Website: facebook.com/DeannaKaplan4SchoolBoard; DeannaKaplanForSchoolBoard.com

KIMBERLY STONE

Kimberly Stone

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Marketing Director and Client Relations

Background: Parent volunteer and advocate for learning disabilities for over a decade.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  mental health in students, teachers and staff, teacher retention, gaps in learning

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Create additional workshops that include parents. Offer more resources and opportunity for affordable avenues toward a future in a trade career or tuition incentives or reimbursement.

Website: Vote4KimberlyMStone.com

RICHARD WATTS PORTRAIT

Richard Watts

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Crosby Scholars Coordinator of African American Males Pursuing Educational Dreams (AAMPED)

Background: I was a classroom teacher at Wiley Middle School. I was an assistant principal at Southwest Elementary School in Clemmons. I was the principal of Kimberley Park Elementary, Julian Gibson Elementary School and Winston-Salem Preparatory Academy School. Principal of the year twice by my peers.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  We must fund a research-based curriculum that will improve our reading and math scores at the elementary level. We must find ways to give respect to our education community. In building respect, we must let our teachers teach.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  We must do everything that we can  to eliminate the achievement gaps in our schools. What is working across the country? Are we able to replicate success with resources, funding, and commitment. People with passion, heart, knowledge, and resources can find ways to end the gaps.

Website: RWattsFor2022.wixsite.com/my-site

Candidates on the Democratic Party Ballot for District 1 School Board Seats – Pick 2

CHENITA BARBER JOHNSON PORTRAIT

Chenita Barber Johnson

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Resident Leader for Neighbors for Better Neighborhoods

Background: I’m a native of WS, my WSSU degree, poli-sci/pub adm gives me a foundation to understand the politics that surrounds education. My familiarity with the school system, substituting, PTA parent liaison &  working on impact committees  allows me to bring a well-rounded educational perspective.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Assess the school choice program, (transportation, and annual district budget). Ensure every child in WSFCS is college/workforce ready. Create a safe environment in WSFCS for students, staff, administration and educators.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Collect data from the community to gain information about the racial inequities and gaps. Recruit and hire male/minority teachers, specifically African American, & administrators & support staff. Continue to finance the Parent Home Coordinator program and Parent Family Engagement.

Website: facebook.com/ChenitaBarberJohnsonForSchoolBoard

RICKY (LIGHTBULB) JOHNSON, JR

Ricky (Lightbulb) Johnson, Jr.

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Jr. Policy Analyst

Background: My background ranges from working in the community with grassroots organizations, teaching middle/high school, working in higher education as an advisor, and currently working as a policy analyst. I hold a B.A., M.S., Ed.S, and currently working on an Ed.D focusing on the school-to-prison pipeline.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  My top two priorities are equity and the achievement gap. All students deserve a quality and equitable education, no matter their background. We must fight to ensure that happens. The achievement gap is alarming and speaks values. These gaps must be closed at all costs, this will benefit students!

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  The Board of Education should address the disparities as honestly as possible. They cannot solve problems or at least help create solutions if they avoid root causes of the disparities. Doing this will not yield the results the Board of Education or the school system wishes to have.

Website: facebook.com/Join-Johnson-For-District-1-104605392180927

TARSHA M. SHORE PORTRAIT

Tarsha M. Shore

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Teacher/Multi-Classroom Leader (MCL)

Background: I have 30 years experience working for WS/FCS System as a Multi-Classroom Leader, Teacher Academy Leader, Classroom Teacher, Mentor and a Teacher Assistant. I am an active member and representative of FCAE/NCAE for over 20 years. I have served in various leadership roles during my teaching career.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  My passion has always been to provide a platform for the voiceless. Whereas, it promotes convenience, risk-taking and thinking outside the box, to get the job done. I have maintained positive relationships with my students, parents and colleagues, whereas they feel supported and respected.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  First, you have to believe all students can learn despite any disparities, socio-economic status, or race. During my teaching career, I have seen first-hand at what students can do when they have a sense of belonging, drive, and desire to learn. That’s what the BOE needs to believe and promote.

ALEX B. BOHANNON PORTRAIT

Alex B. Bohannon

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Human Resources Analyst

Background: I am a proud graduate of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County School System and have served on the board of education for the past year. Prior to serving on the board of education I served on a variety of committees with the school district.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  High Quality Instruction for all children. Cultural Infusion Across all content areas, and a positive and supportive workplace culture for all district employees.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  The Board should do everything in its power to ensure that marginalized students have access to the same quality education and resources as all other children in the district.

Website: AlexBohannon.com

TREVONIA (BG) BROWN-GAITHER PORTRAIT

Trevonia (BG) Brown-Gaither

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Retired Educator

Background: 19 years of experience as a Middle and High School Mathematics Teacher in the WSFCS. A graduate of the WSFCS where my mother retired after 25 years as an elementary teacher in the same system. I am a product of two generations of educators of both my maternal and paternal family.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  My platform is “…ensure a S-E-A-T at the table for education of our children and youth.”  S- safety, E- equity, A- advocacy, and T- transparency. Safety is a priority for our children, teachers and staff. Every child should have the same opportunity in order to be equitable across the system.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  All teachers, staff and administration should be required to take a class in cultural and ethnic differences. Teachers at low functioning schools need additional pay, an assistant and extra protected hours to plan, in order to attract and keep highly qualified seasoned teachers/staff/ administration.

Website: bg4wsfcs.com

Candidates on the Democratic Party Ballot for District 2 School Board Seats

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One Democrat (Jennifer Castillo) filed for District 2 of the Board of Education and will be on the Nov. ballot. No Republicans filed for District 1.

Candidates on the Republican Party Ballot for At-Large School Board Seats – Pick 3

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Robert Nunzio Capizzi

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

ALLEN DANIEL PORTRAIT

Allen Daniel

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Background: Longtime advocate, parent, volunteer, and educator in the district

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  1. Give classroom educators the support and autonomy they need to provide every student in the district the opportunity for an excellent education. 2. Make sure every student not only has that opportunity, but understands the necessity and the value of an excellent education. 3. Restore excellence.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  The BoE should make certain there are enough highly qualified classroom educators, support staff, and qualified supportive admin at every school in the district to provide every child the opportunity for an excellent education. There should be no difference regardless of race or economics.

Website: facebook.com/DanielForSchoolBoard

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Tabitha Hackett

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

MICHAEL HARDMAN PORTRAIT

Michael Hardman

Party: Republican

Occupation: I am a licensed Civil Engineer and Senior Project Manager with 23 years of experience.

Background: I was raised in the WSFCS schools and have three children currently enrolled. I have served in numerous leadership roles within my church, including at local, district, and conference roles. I have coached youth athletics for multiple seasons. I have a lifelong history of serving others.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  My BACK TO BASICS platform will bring success to WSFCS schools. Teach curriculum without bias. Reduce screen time. Teach children to use reason to make their own decisions. Learn to value oneself, each other, and our country. Restore high expectations. Balance the budget. Engage families.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  My BACK TO BASICS platform will benefit all students and families. I want to make curriculum and lesson materials easily available to families, and encourage families to participate and support from home. I want students to understand love and the value of service to others.

Website: hardman4schools.com

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Millie Williams

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired

Background: BS Community Health Education; Licensed Life and Health Agent NC, VA; Over 30 years in medicine providing care for babies thru adults. Working as an advocate with Physicians and community to provide their needs from education to equipment.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Transparent with budget (where is money being allocated and why); Breakfast and lunches need improvement; Principals to be more involved with decisions for their schools

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Every student deserves the same opportunities throughout Forsyth County. Since the current school board is controlled by the left, why are their disparities still existing?

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Sarah Absher

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

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Carolyn Albright

Party: Republican

Occupation: mom of three, working with therapy dogs, photographer

Background: I have raised three children with dyslexia and have volunteered in our school systems for over 20 plus years.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Build up our communities and support for the growing mental health issues in our schools.  Provide a wider variety of education options to families in the public systems, i.e. Montessori style teaching, inclusive programs for dyslexia, and expansion of IB programs to other schools.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  I will advocate for school choice and supplying students with the extra tools and support they need to achieve success.

Candidates on the Republican Party Ballot for District 2 School Board Seats – Pick 4

LEAH H. CROWLEY PORTRAIT

Leah H. Crowley

Party: Republican

Occupation: Board of Education member

Background: I have lived in Winston-Salem since 2001 with Pat, my husband of 28 years. We have four children, who attend public schools. I have volunteered in over 40 schools in Forsyth County as a tutor, mentor, coach, substitute teacher, and facilitator helping third graders be aware of child abuse.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  The top priority is reading and math proficiency. Getting all teachers trained on the science of reading has helped. Creating safe environments for learning and working is also a priority. Recruiting/retaining educators is very important, especially with the stress of the past two difficult years.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Each child, regardless of race or socioeconomic status, needs to be assessed and addressed. Individualized instruction helps each child reach their potential. Support systems need to be in place at each school to help all students become proficient and master the course standards.

Website: ElectLeahCrowley.com

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Stanley M. Elrod

Party: Republican

no response from candidate

LIDA CALVERT HAYES PORTRAIT

Lida Calvert Hayes

Party: Republican

Website: facebook.com/forsythschoolboard

Occupation: Commercial contractor

Background: I have been on the WSFCS school board for 7 years. I was elected Vice Chairman of the Winston-Salem Forsyth County school board. I think experience is extremely important with all the issues we have facing us. I also am a top businesswomen running my own business for 36 years.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  The pandemic has put our students extremely behind. Our teachers need better supplies as well as more monies in their paycheck. Also, safety has become a major issue. More resources are needed for safety in our schools. These are top priorities as my run as a candidate.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  All kids should be treated equally. We have both summer services for our kids and hands on learning to help our kids spring forward. Hard work is done by our teachers to help with this along with additional summer work and support.

JASON LUCERO PORTRAIT

Jason Lucero

Party: Republican

Occupation: Service Director

Background: As a child that grew up in foster care and aged out I experienced firsthand the challenges of consistent education. I worked hard and studied harder. Having a child in our school system, I have learned about so many of the challenges that Educators, Parents and children are facing.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  1st, we need to get education first. 2nd, we need to reform our Educator comp plan and do a better job caring for them. We have to recruit and retain the best Educators in the country. 3rd, we need to get our School Board, Educators and Parents all working together.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  With the challenges we face with low income and race, if we invest in our educators, and engage the parents we can improve the education in these areas too. We must invest in the educators that can, and want to make a difference.

Website: LuceroForBOE.com; facebook.com/profile.php?id=100078126920630

SUSAN MILLER PORTRAIT

Susan Miller

Party: Republican

Occupation: Former Educator, over 2 decades in WSFCS

Background: Instructional Facilitator at Career Center, Curriculum Coordinator, Reading Specialist, Classroom Teacher, B.S.- Elementary Education,  M.Ed in Reading, Graduate of prestigious Piedmont Triad Leadership Academy, NC Administrative/Principal Licensure

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Critical Race Theory should not be taught in K-12 Education; Increase Reading Proficiency rate which has been greatly affected by pandemic; Parents matter, really matter as does School Choice!

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  We must meet each student where they are and address each student accordingly with differentiated learning that provides a successful outcome for each student.

Website: ElectSusanMiller.com/6-2/

HOLLY W. PEGRAM PORTRAIT

Holly W. Pegram

Party: Republican

Occupation: Registered Nurse

Background: Bachelor of Science in Health Administration and Associates Degree in Nursing.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  The top priorities would be better distribution of funding for the students, more nutritious school breakfast and lunches, smaller class sizes, in person parent teacher conferences, and more opportunities for communication and involvement of parents.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  The Board of Education should make sure all students have the opportunity to learn and grow and that each student is supported and empowered to the best of their academic ability.

YVONNE WILLIAMS PORTRAIT

Yvonne Williams

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired Educator

Background: I grew up in Mt. Airy, NC. I have lived in Winston Salem over 30 years. I have a BA in Spanish from UNC-G and a MSEd from the University of Southern California. I am a 30 year veteran  educator who has always been dedicated to serving  public school students, educators, parents and communities.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  1) Schedule evening Town Hall Talks with community leaders, parents and educators. Improvements in the WS/FCS District can be made with good communication. 2) Work with parents and community leaders to provide more after school activities for students in order to help students remain in school.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Communicate with and get feedback from parents, community leaders, educators and the students themselves.

STEVE WOOD PORTRAIT

Steve Wood

Party: Republican

Occupation: Retired Speaker Pro Tem NC House

Background: Grew up in Tobaccoville, attended Old Richmond and North Forsyth. Served in the NC House from 1985-2005. Chair of House Education Committee. Sponsored Charter School legislation.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Accountability, Board elections, School Choice. I think the Board should consider requesting single member districts to elect Board members, enhanced parental choice. School safety and establish a textbook selection policy.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  Public school policy should address equality of opportunity for all students. Suggesting students cannot learn because of social or cultural background or economic conditions is inherently classist and racist.

ROBERT BARR PORTRAIT

Robert Barr

Party: Republican

Occupation: Associate Pastor

Background: Masters in Education from Wake Forest-1999, Bachelors from Winston-Salem State University-1988, taught school for 14 years (grades  3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th), and worked as a curriculum coordinator, served on WSFC-School Board from 2014-2018, and currently serve as a Trustee at WSSU.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Assess and create strategic plans for student growth and achievement. Create parental engagement programs to support parents and students. Provide teachers with resources, and additional personnel support in the classroom.

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  A comprehensive analysis of data must be done. The analysis would have to include, but not limited to, students’ academic progress, types of instructors and administrators who impact the students, programs, buildings, etc. Based on the assessment, certain areas should be prioritized with budget.

Website: RobertBarrForSchoolBoard.com

JIMMIE BOYD PORTRAIT

Jimmie Boyd

Party: Republican

Occupation: Paralegal

Background: I Have been married for soon to be 17 years, I have 3 kids with 2 still in Forsyth County School. I have been a small business owner in the past but I am employed as a litigation Paralegal. Soon I will be finishing up a Criminal Justice Degree (Youth Offenders) and a Paralegal Technologies Degree.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  My top goal is a No Child Left Behind mindset, encompassing all my other goals. All students are equal and will receive the best education we can provide. To do this, we must correct the spending, Spending on core education comes first (not common core, true English, Math, Science, History, etc.)

How should the Board of Education address disparities in learning for students of different races and family incomes?  I see no difference in Education (not learning) for different races or incomes, each child who walks thru a door of a school has the same teachers/classes to choose from. Students get the education from schools equal to the effort they put into learning. Also parents must stay engaged for success.

Website: StudentsBeforePolitics.com

Pick More Winners

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If you use the Democratic Primary ballot, you can pick the party’s candidates for County Commission who will advance to the Nov. election. Republican candidates have no Primary opposition and will be on the Nov. ballot.

The 7-member Forsyth Co. Board of Commissioners hires the county manager, approves zoning & development, and sets the budget for schools, health services and many other programs. Four members are elected this year.

At-Large Democratic Party Candidates for County Commissioner - Vote for 1

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Ted Kaplan

Party: Democratic
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DAN BESSE PORTRAIT

Dan Besse

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Attorney

Background: Winston-Salem City Council Member (2001-2020); Member, NC Environmental Management Commission (1993-2005), NC Coastal Resources Commission (1985-93); Legal aid attorney (1983-90); Adjunct/visiting faculty for multiple colleges/universities (NC State University, Winston-Salem State University, etc.)

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities?  – Improve visibility and accountability of Forsyth County government to all Forsyth residents, whether in the city, smaller towns, or rural areas. – Bridge the gaps in good public schools, health, safety, and opportunity for all Forsyth residents, including good teachers and safe facilities.

Give an example of how you would address a particular issue. Affordable housing: Lack of sufficient affordable housing, especially for working families of modest means, is a growing local crisis. Forsyth County must partner with local cities/towns and private investors to spur the development of more workforce-affordable housing here.

Website: Besse4Forsyth.org

District A Democratic Party Candidates for County Commissioner - Vote for 2

PHIL CARTER PORTRAIT

Phil Carter

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Retired

Background: 20 year community activist, former 2nd Vice-chair Forsyth Co. Democratic Party, currently N.C. State Democratic Party State Executive Committee Member, member of several local boards past and present

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities?  Constituency engagement: meeting with citizens of my district quarterly giving them a respected and expected proactive voice in their governance. Implementing Budgets that give constituency benefit, profit, and usefulness to the everyday person. Establishing policy that stimulates affordable housing.

Give an example of how you would address a particular issue. Affordable housing: using county surplus land to create community land trust, reallocate funding for first time homebuyers.

Website: facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064200544073

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Fleming A. El-Amin

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Forsyth County Commissioner

Background: Retired High School Teacher. Former Wall Street banker. Several leadership roles in Democratic Party including former County Chair. B.A. Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa. Attended several Graduate Schools. Commissioner since 2017.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities if elected?  Academic excellence for all students; More economic development in District A; Both of these issues directly affects the quality of life in District A

Give an example of how you would address a particular issue. Affordable housing: Delegate more funds from ARPA (American Rescue Program Act) for more affordable housing. Housing needs are paramount in District A.

Website: FlemingElAmin.com

GARDENIA HENLEY PORTRAIT

Gardenia Henley

Party: Democratic
Occupation: Retired Diplomat/Inspector General/Air Force Veteran

Background: I was born in Forsyth County. I Taught Tax Law, I am an Air Force Veteran, a Retired Diplomat and Inspector General. I have lived and worked in 8 Countries. I Have a Strong Financial, Tax law and Legislative Background. I Have Experience in Establishing Effective Budgets and Policies That Work.
What are you top 2 or 3 priorities? (1) Adopt an Annual Budget that will Positively Support the Entire Education System and other Forsyth County Tax Payers. (2) Lower Forsyth County Property Tax Rates, for Businesses and Property Owners. (3) Establish County Policies that will: Protect Tax Payers, Zoning and Land Use Rights.
Give an example of how you would address a particular issue. Affordable housing: The Poverty rate in Forsyth County is a Major Issue and the Lack of Affordable Housing has Played a Major Role. Another Factor is the Slow Increase in Economic Growth, Which is Negatively Affecting Lower Income Families. I Would Decrease the Tax Rate, Increase Salaries and Support Economic Growth.

Website: ThePeoplesCandidate.org

TONYA D. McDANNIEL PORTRAIT

Tonya D. McDaniel

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Public Affairs and Relations Officer – Forsyth County Commissioner

Background: 9 years as a Public Affairs and Relations Officer, advocacy for United Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Centers. Promote United Health Centers policies that support them, their patients, and the mission and vision (UHC) among government officials, legislators, and community partners.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities?  Public Health, Safety, and Business
Give an example of how you would address a particular issue. Affordable housing: Continue advocating for affordable housing. We are processing providing additional funding for the IDA program and working alongside the Experience and Self-Reliance organization.

Website: Vote4TonyaMcDaniel.com

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Shai Woodbury

Party: Democratic

Occupation: Public School & Collegiate Educator

Background: My family has been citizens of Forsyth County for over 110 years. I’m a professional educator of over 20 years. I am currently serving on the WS/FC Board of Education and the first Black person to Chair the Board. I am a member of many civic and auxiliary organizations, volunteer, and mentor.

What are you top 2 or 3 priorities?  1. Increase educator pay in order to improve our school district; 2. Provide Pre-K to all eligible children to support working class families; 3. Restore juvenile justice to maintain safe communities

Give an example of how you would address a particular issue. Affordable housing: Through urban renewal & economic development advocacy, I will propose a new initiative, Forsyth For All, to engage citizens relating to equitable and impactful strategies around real estate and economic development, affordable housing, and livable communities.

Website: facebook.com/Shai-Woodbury-Leadership-You-Can-Trust-110428924884746/

MORE INFO

No Democratic candidate filed to run for the District B seat for County Commission. The GOP candidates have no primary opposition. No Libertarian filed for any Commission race.

Three good reasons for you to vote

  1. Your vote can make a big difference in who wins a local election.
    How just one person voted − or didn’t vote − determined the winners in over 30 North Carolina cities in 2021. Your vote matters!
  2. The City Council makes decisions affecting nearly every part of your life −
    affordable housing, police conduct, new jobs, parks, street repair, transit, neighborhood zoning. But you decide who wins!
  3. Listen to what other voters say about why they’re voting . . .

“. . . too many of my ancestors died for me not to be using my right to vote.” – Kristen Marion

“. . . city elections can be very close, so my one vote could have a big impact.” – Angelica Robles

“. . . it’s not just about who’s president. Who runs local government directly affects me.” – Austin Padilla

“. . . I want someone in city hall fighting for issues important to our community.” – Robert Dawkins

This 2022 voter guide for Forsyth County

is produced by Democracy NC and Common Cause, which are not affiliated with any political party or candidate. This Guide provides responses from the candidates and vital information about the voting process. Some candidates who responded did not provide websites. For questions, call the Forsyth County Board of Elections at 336-703-2800 or the Hotline at 888-687-8683. Two useful websites: NCVoter.org and NCVoterGuide.org

No photo ID to vote in 2022

You do not need to show an ID when you vote unless you’re registering at an early voting site or there was a problem verifying your registration. See Tips for Voting on the back page.

Where to vote early, April 28-May 14

Best Choice! Take advantage of evening, weekday and weekend hours to vote early. You can also register to vote during Early Voting.

WINSTON-SALEM AND FORSYTH COUNTY EARLY VOTERS

6 locations are open Monday-Friday, April 28-May 13, 8 am-7:30 pm; two Saturdays, May 7 & May 14,

8 am-3 pm; and Sunday, May 8, 11 am-4 pm. Residents in the county can use any site to vote.

  • Forsyth County Board of Elections, Forsyth County Government Center, 201 N. Chestnut Street, Winston-Salem
  • Kernersville Branch Library, 248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville
  • Lewisville Branch Library, 6490 Shallowford Road, Lewisville
  • Mazie Woodruff Center, 4905 Lansing Drive, Winston-Salem
  • Rural Hall Branch Library, 7125 Broad Street, Rural Hall
  • Southside Branch Library 3185 Buchanan Street, Winston-Salem

Preview all the choices on your entire ballot at ncvoter.org/your-ballot-and-precinct
Questions? Call 888-OUR-VOTE (888-687-8683) or visit NCVoter.org

Forsyth County Precincts and Election Day Polling Places

Precinct Election Day Polling Place Name Address
12 Union Cross Elementary School 4300 High Point Road, Kernersville
13 Sedge Garden Elementary School 475 Sedge Garden Road, Kernersville
14 Beesons Crossroads Fire Dept. 1105 Old Salem Road, Kernersville
15 Southeast Middle School 1200 Old Salem Road, Kernersville
16 The Crossing Church 1650 Pecan Lane, Kernersville
17 Glenn High School 1600 Union Cross Road, Kernersville
21 Belews Creek Fire Station 7675 Belews Creek Road, Belews Creek
31 Rural Hall Elementary School 275 College Street, Rural Hall
32 Northwest Middle School 5501 Murray Road, Winston-Salem
33 Saint Andrews Presbyterian Church 357 Old Hollow Road, Winston-Salem
34 Kingswood United Methodist Church 6840 University Pkwy., Rural Hall
42 Fellowship Baptist Church 1075 Teague Road, Winston-Salem
43 Friedland Moravian Church 2750 Friedland Church Rd., Winston-Salem
51 Clemmons First Baptist Church 3530 Clemmons Road, Clemmons
52 Clemmons Presbyterian Church 3930 Clemmons Road, Clemmons
53 VFW Post 9010 4675 Hampton Road, Clemmons
54 Clemmons Civic Center 2870 Middlebrook Drive, Clemmons
55 Holy Family Catholic Church 4820 Kinnamon Road, Winston-Salem
61 Paddison Memorial Branch Library 248 Harmon Lane, Kernersville
62 Piney Grove Fire Station 1109 Piney Grove Road, Kernersville
63 East Forsyth Middle School 810 Bagley Drive, Kernersville
64 Kernersville Elementary School 512 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville
65 Kernersville 7th Day Adventist Church 896 Old Winston Road, Kernersville
66 Piney Grove Elementary School 1500 Piney Grove Road, Kernersville
67 Kernersville Fire Station #2 1180 NC 66 South, Kernersville
68 Project:Re3 Church 1474 Kerner Road, Kernersville
71 Lewisville Elementary School 150 Lucy Lane, Lewisville
73 Unity Moravian Church 8300 Concord Church Road, Lewisville
74 Meadowlark Middle School 301 Meadowlark Drive, Winston-Salem
75 New Hope AME Zion Church 7000 Shallowford Road, Lewisville
76 Agape Faith Church 2101 Lewisville-Clemmons Road, Clemmons
77 Southwest Elementary School 1631 Southwest School Road, Clemmons
81 Bethany Baptist Church 600 Old Hollow Road, Winston-Salem
83 Ibraham Elementary School 5036 Old Walkertown Road, Winston-Salem
84 Edgewood Baptist Church 4067 Reidsville Road, Winston-Salem
85 East Forsyth High School 2500 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville
91 Alice Watts Tuttle Community Center 4225 Tobaccoville Road, Tobaccoville
92 Macedonia Baptist Church 6816 Doral Drive, Tobaccoville
101 Bethania Moravian Church 5545 Main Street, Bethania
111 Horizons Park Administration Building 100 Horizons Lane, Rural Hall
112 Walkertown Branch Library 2969 Main Street, Walkertown
121 Flat Rock Middle School 4648 Ebert Road, Winston-Salem
123 Forsyth Friends Meeting 800 Jonestown Road, Winston-Salem
124 Heavenview United Pentecostal Church 1410 W Clemmonsville Rd., Winston-Salem
131 Vienna Baptist Church 1831 Chickasha Road, Pfafftown
132 Pfafftown Christian Church 3323 Transou Road, Pfafftown
134 Grace Baptist Church 7795 Grapevine Road, Lewisville
135 Shiloh Lutheran Church 703 Lewisville Vienna Road, Lewisville
202 North Point Baptist Church 4980 University Parkway, Winston-Salem
203 Martin Luther King Jr Recreation Center 2001 Pittsburg Avenue, Winston-Salem
204 Home & Garden Building (Fairgrounds) 421 W. 27th Street, Winston-Salem
205 Paisley Middle School 1400 Grant Avenue, Winston-Salem
206 North Hills Elementary School 340 Alspaugh Drive, Winston-Salem
207 New Hope United Methodist Church 5125 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem
208 Brown & Douglas Recreation Center 4725 Indiana Avenue, Winston-Salem
301 Ashley Magnet Elementary School 1647 Ashley School Circle, Winston-Salem
302 Hanes-Lowrance School 2900 Indiana Avenue, Winston-Salem
303 LaDeara Crest Resource Center 2531 LaDeara Crest Lane, Winston-Salem
304 Forsyth Tech-Mazie Woodruff Center 4905 Lansing Drive, Winston-Salem
305 Carver High School 3545 Carver School Road, Winston-Salem
306 Mineral Springs Elementary School 4527 Ogburn Avenue, Winston-Salem
401 Winston Lake Family YMCA 901 Waterworks Road, Winston-Salem
402 Minnie Lee Davis Harris Recreation Ctr. 2020 14th Street, Winston-Salem
403 Rupert Bell Neighborhood Center 1501 Mt. Zion Place, Winston-Salem
404 Malloy/Jordan East Winston Heritage Ctr. 1110 E. 7th Street, Winston-Salem
405 Sims Recreation Center 1201 Alder Street, Winston-Salem
501 Saint Andrews Methodist Church 1840 Butler Street, Winston-Salem
502 Forest Park Elementary School 2019 Milford Street, Winston-Salem
503 Trinity Moravian Church 220 E. Sprague Street, Winston-Salem
504 Sprague St. Community Recreation Ctr. 1350 E Sprague Street, Winston-Salem
505 Easton Elementary School 734 Clemmonsville Circle, Winston-Salem
506 Covenant Presbyterian Church 3627 Konnoak Drive, Winston-Salem
508 Linville Forest Church of Christ 450 Linville Road, Kernersville
509 Sedge Garden Recreation Center 401 Robbins Road, Winston-Salem
601 Christ Moravian Church 919 W Academy Street, Winston-Salem
602 First Alliance Church 1601 Pope Road, Winston-Salem
603 Diggs-Latham Elementary School 986 Hutton Street, Winston-Salem
604 Forsyth Tech Main Campus-Strickland Ctr 1615 Miller Street, Winston-Salem
605 Parkland High School 1600 Brewer Road, Winston-Salem
606 Konnoak Hills Methodist Church 430 Weisner Street, Winston-Salem
607 St. John’s Lutheran Church 2415 Silas Creek Parkway, Winston-Salem
701 First Christian Church 2320 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem
702 Miller Park Recreation Center 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem
703 Ardmore Baptist Church 501 Miller Street, Winston-Salem
704 Parkway United Church of Christ 1465 Irving Street, Winston-Salem
705 Forsyth Tech West Campus 1300 Bolton Street, Winston-Salem
706 South Fork Elementary School 4332 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem
707 Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church 435 Keating Drive, Winston-Salem
708 Little Creek Recreation Center 610 Foxcroft Drive, Winston-Salem
709 Mount Carmel United Methodist Church 4265 Ebert Road, Winston-Salem
801 Polo Park Recreation Center 1850 Polo Road, Winston-Salem
802 Reynolda Church 2200 Reynolda Road, Winston-Salem
803 Whitaker Elementary School 2600 Buena Vista Road, Winston-Salem
804 Sherwood Forest Elementary School 1055 Yorkshire Road, Winston-Salem
805 Messiah Moravian Church 1401 N. Peace Haven Road, Winston-Salem
806 Trinity United Methodist Church 3819 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem
807 Calvary Baptist Church – (Sechrist Bldg) 140 S. Peace Haven Road, Winston-Salem
808 First Seventh Day Adventist Church 4545 Country Club Road, Winston-Salem
809 Jefferson Middle School 3500 Sally Kirk Road, Winston-Salem
901 Reynolds High School Girls Gym 1404 Northwest Boulevard, Winston-Salem
902 Brunson Elementary School 155 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem
903 Salem Chapel 610 Coliseum Drive, Winston-Salem
904 Latino Community Services 3701 Crosland Road, Winston-Salem
905 Bethabara Moravian Church 2100 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem
906 Mount Tabor High School 342 Petree Road, Winston-Salem
907 Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church 2690 Fairlawn Drive, Winston-Salem
908 Old Town Baptist Church 4386 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem
909 Old Town Recreation Center 4550 Shattalon Drive, Winston-Salem

 

Adapted from voter guides by Democracy NC & Common Cause.