Allen Joines

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James Allen Joines
Allen Joines
17th Mayor of Winston-Salem
Assumed office
Preceded byJack Cavanagh
Personal details
Born (1947-09-17) September 17, 1947 (age 75)
Political partyDemocratic
Alma materAppalachian State University
University of Georgia
ProfessionPublic administrator

James Allen Joines is an American politician currently serving as the mayor of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In 2009, he was also appointed chairman of the North Carolina Economic Development Board.[1]

Joines, a Democrat, was elected mayor of Winston-Salem on November 6, 2001. He defeated Republican incumbent Mayor Jack Cavanagh, Jr. by a wide margin. Before his election, Joines had served as deputy assistant city manager.[2]

Joines had been named as a possible challenger to Congresswoman Virginia Foxx in North Carolina's 5th district in the 2006 election, but declined to enter the race.[3]

In the 2012 North Carolina gubernatorial election, many suggested Joines as a potential candidate in the Democratic primary, but he declined, stating that there was still work he wished to do in Winston-Salem.[4]

In the 2013 election, Joines was challenged by Gardenia Henley in the Democratic primary.[5] His Republican opponent, James Knox, dropped out of the race in August after it was revealed he had used a racial epithet to refer to an elections worker, although his name was still on the ballot. Joines was elected to his fourth term in the general election.[6]

In the 2016 election (Winston-Salem elections had moved to even-numbered years),[7] Joines was easily re-elected, with only a write-in candidate opposing him.[8]


  1. ^ "Home". Archived from the original on 2009-11-21. Retrieved 2009-12-08.
  2. ^ Holmes, William (2001-11-06). "Raleigh results again uncertain, Winston-Salem unseats mayor". The Associated Press.
  3. ^ Editorial Staff (2006-01-11). "JOINES' DECISION". Winston-Salem Journal.
  4. ^ Graff, Laura (January 30, 2012). "Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines won't run for governor". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. (updated December 12, 2012)
  5. ^ "Joines easily beats Democratic challenger Henley". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on 2019-09-04. Retrieved 2013-12-25.
  6. ^ "Joines re-elected as mayor; incumbents retain council seats". Winston-Salem Journal. Archived from the original on 2019-10-28. Retrieved 2013-12-25.
  7. ^ "Municipal Elections–Odd Year and Odd Man Out". 7 July 2015. Archived from the original on 2017-03-23. Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  8. ^ "Journal: Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines easily coasts to election win". Archived from the original on 2017-12-08. Retrieved 2017-12-08.

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