About The 5th District Democrats

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North Carolina's 5th congressional district covers the northwestern corner of North Carolina from the Appalachian Mountains to the Piedmont Triad. While the bulk of its territory is in the mountains, it stretches just far enough east to grab its largest city in the district, Winston-Salem. Redistricting has changed its makeup over the years. A special Redistricting of North Carolina’s US congressional districts were ordered by federal courts in February 2016. Afterward, this map was approved by the North Carolina State Legislature on February 19th, 2016, becoming Session Law 2016-1. Currently, the counties in the 5th district are Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Avery, Catawba (just a bit), Forsyth, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin. 

 

 

The 5th district has only become "red" in the past 20 years during the Art Pope push of the 90s. Previously, Stephen Lybrook Neal, a Winston-Salem Democrat led the 5th district for 20 years.  A member of "The Class of '74," as the Congressmen of his class was called, they were reform-minded lawmakers that swept into the House of Representatives in the aftermath of the Watergate scandal. Today they are still regarded with reverence by many on Capitol Hill for pushing the rules and modernizing the House. 

 

 

William W. Kitchin             Democratic        March 4, 1897 – January 11, 1909  (Resigned after being elected Governor)

John M. Morehead               Republican         March 4, 1909 – March 3, 1911

Charles M. Stedman           Democratic       March 4, 1911 – September 23, 1930       (Died in office)

Franklin W. Hancock, Jr.   Democratic       November 4, 1930 – January 3, 1939

 Alonzo D. Folger                Democratic        January 3, 1939 – April 30, 1941              (Died in office)

 John H. Folger                    Democratic        June 14, 1941 – January 3, 1949

 Richard T. Chatham          Democratic        January 3, 1949 – January 3, 1957

 Ralph J. Scott                      Democratic        January 3, 1957 – January 3, 1967

 Nick Galifianakis               Democratic        January 3, 1967 – January 3, 1969           (Redistricted to the 4th district)

 Vinegar Bend Mizell           Republican          January 3, 1969 – January 3, 1975

 Stephen L. Neal                  Democratic         January 3, 1975 – January 3, 1995

 Richard Burr                       Republican           January 3, 1995 – January 3, 2005

 Virginia Foxx                      Republican          January 3, 2005 – Present

 

          5th District County Democrat Party Leadership:

 

Larry Price - Alexander

John Nieschwitz - Alleghany

Ralph Sorrell - Ashe

Dick Crews - Avery

Ric Vandette- Catawba

Larry Johnson - Forsyth

Loyd Terry - Surry

David Dalton - Stokes

Diane Tilson - Watauga

Kathryn Charles - Wilkes

Walter Smith - Yadkin

 

A LOOK AT THE COUNTIES OF THE 5th

ALEXANDER COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 37,189

median income per hh - $38,684

5.9% of families live below poverty line

TAYLORVILLE = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Alexander County Schools 500-999

2 Craftmaster Furniture 500-999

3 The Mitchell Gold Co 500-999

4 Nc Dept Of Public Safety 500-999

5 Alexander County  250-499

6 Hancock & Moore Inc 250-499

7 Brigette's Staffing Inc  250-499

8 Schneider Mills Inc  250-499

 

Higher Education:

Catawba Valley Community College - Alexander County Center

ALLEGHANY COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 11,155

median income per hh - $29,244

11.3% of families live below poverty line

SPARTA = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Alleghany Co Bd Of Education 250-499

2 Bottomley Evergreens & Farms 100-249

3 Parkdale Mills 100-249

4 Living Waters Home Care 100-249

5 Alleghany Memorial Hospital 100-249

6 Alleghany County Public Admin 100-249

Higher Education:

Wilkes Community College Alleghany Center

ASHE COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 27,281  

median income per hh - $28,824

10.1% of families live below poverty line

JEFFERSON = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Ashe County Board of Education 500-999

2 American Emergency Vehicles 250-499

3 County of Ashe 250-499
4 Ashe Memorial Hospital 250-499

5 JR Vannoy & Sons Construction  250-499

6 GE Aviation  100-249

 

Higher Education:

Wilkes Community College Ashe Campus

CATAWBA COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 154,810

median income per hh - $43,536

6.5% of families live below poverty line

NEWTON = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Catawba County Schools  1000+

2 Catawba Memorial Hospital 1000+

3 Frye Regional Medical Center  1000+

4 County Of Catawba Public Admin 1000+

5 Wal-Mart 1000+

6 Commscope 1000+

7 Corning Optical Communications 1000+

Higher Education:

Lenoir-Ryne University

Catawba Valley Community College

Appalachian Center at Hickory

NC Center for Engineering Technology

AVERY COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 17,797

median income per hh - $30,627

10.9% of families live below poverty line

NEWLAND = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Nc Dept Of Public Safety 500-999

2 Avery County Schools 250-499

3 Lees - Mcrae College 250-499

4 County Of Avery Public Admin 100-249

5 Appalachian Regional Healthcare 100-249

6 Sugar Mountain Resort Inc 100-249

 

Higher Education:

Lees-McCrae College

Mayland Community College

FORSYTH COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 350,670  

median income per hh - $42,097

7.9% of families live below poverty line

WINSTON-SALEM = COUNTY SEAT

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Wake Forest Baptist . 12,873

2 Novant Health 8,145

3 WS/Forsyth County Schools 6,860

4 Reynolds American 3,000

5 Wells Fargo 2,745

6 Hanesbrands 2,500

7 City of Winston-Salem 2,420

8 Wake Forest University 2,784

9 BB&T 2,134

10 Forsyth County 2,275 Government

Higher Education:

Forsyth Technical Community College

Piedmont International University

Salem College

NC School of the Arts

Wake Forest University

Winston-Salem State University

WATAUGA COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 51,079

median income per hh - $32,611

7.2% of families live below poverty line

BOONE = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Appalachian State University 1000+

2 Appalachian Regional Healthcare 1000+

3 Watauga County Board Of Ed 500-999

4 Samaritans Purse 500-999

5 Watauga County Public Admin 250-499

6 Wal-Mart Associates Inc 250-499

7 Coach Inc  100-249

Higher Education:

Appalachian State University

Caldwell Community College Satellite Campus

STOKES COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 47,401  

median income per hh - $38,808

6.9% of families live below poverty line

DANBURY = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Stokes County Board Of Education  1000+

2 Wieland Copper Products 250-499

3 County Of Stokes Public Admin 250-499

4 Pioneer Community Hospital 250-499

5 Food Lion 100-249

6 Autumn Corporation 100-249

7 Ymca Of Northwest NC 100-249

Higher Education:

Forsyth Tech CC Stokes Campus

SURRY COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 73,673  

median income per hh - $33,046

9.1% of families live below poverty line

DOBSON = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Surry County Board Of Education 1000+

2 Pike Electric Inc 1000+

3 Wal-Mart 1000+

4 Arevo Group Inc 500-999

5 Wayne Farms Llc 500-999

6 Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital 500-999 7 Northern Hospital Of Surry 500-999

Higher Education:

Surry Community College

WILKES COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 69,340  

median income per hh - $30,668

17.6% of families live below poverty line

WILKESBORO = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Tyson Farms Inc 1000+

2 Lowe's Companies Inc 1000+

3 Wilkes County Board Of Education 1000+

4 Wilkes Regional Medical Center 500-999

5 Wilkes County Public Admin 500-999

6 Wilkes Community College 500-999

7 Lowes Home Centers Inc Trade  250-499

8 Louisiana-Pacific Corp 250-499

Higher Education:

Wilkes Community College

YADKIN COUNTY

Population:

2010 census - 38,406

median income per hh - $36,660

7.1% of families live below poverty line

YADKINVILLE = COUNTY SEAT

 

Largest Employer: *2016

1 Unifi Manufacturing Inc 1000+

2 Yadkin County Board Of Ed 500-999

3 Phillips Van Heusen Corp 500-999

4 Lydall Thermal/Acoustical 500-999

5 County Of Yadkin Public Admin 250-499

6 Arevo Group Inc 100-249

7 B&G Foods Snacks Inc 100-249

Higher Education:

Surry Community College - Yadkin Campus

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