J. Curtis Blackwood Jr.

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Curtis Blackwood
Member of the North Carolina House of Representatives
from the 68th district
In office
Preceded by Fern Shubert
Succeeded by D. Craig Horn
Personal details
Born (1942-10-17) October 17, 1942 (age 75)
Charlotte, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Audrey
Children 2
Residence Matthews, North Carolina
Alma mater BA, EdD, University of Georgia
MA, Ohio University
Occupation Property manager

Jacob Curtis Blackwood Jr. was a Republican member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's sixty-eighth House district,[1] including constituents in Union county. A property manager from Matthews, North Carolina, Blackwood succeeded Fern Shubert when she left to run for North Carolina Senate. He decided not to run for another term in 2010.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Jacob Curtis Blackwood Jr. was born October 17, 1942, in Charlotte, North Carolina. He received his BA in History from the University of Georgia in 1965. He continued his studies at Ohio University receiving a Masters in Educational Administration in 1967 before returning to the University of Georgia and graduating with an EdD in 1972.[3]

Prior to becoming a rental property owner and manager, Blackwood was an educator and school administrator from 1965 to 1983.[3]

Political career[edit]

Congressional campaign, 1996[edit]

Blackwood ran for Congress in 1996 against long-term incumbent Bill Hefner. That year, Blackwood's main primary opponent was car dealer Sherrill Morgan who was the Republicans' 1994 nominee to face Hefner. Morgan only lost by four percentage points in 1994 and was heavily favored to win the nomination to face Hefner again. Morgan did not get enough votes to avoid a run-off election and Blackwood won the run-off with almost 64% of the vote.[4] He went on to lose the general election to Hefner.[5]

State senate campaign, 1998[edit]

Blackwood next sought to win a seat in the North Carolina Senate in 1998 in the 17th district. There were two seats available in the district and Blackwood along with fellow Republican Don Dawkins challenged incumbent Democrats Aaron Plyler and Bill Purcell. Both incumbents won re-election.[6]


  1. ^ Government, Council of State (May 2005). CSG State Directory: Directory I – Elective Officials 2005. Council of State Governments. p. 212. ISBN 978-0-87292-823-7. Retrieved 31 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "2 GOP lawmakers won't seek reelection". Greensboro News & Record. Associated Press. January 19, 2010. Retrieved May 14, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b "Biography J. Curtis Blackwood Jr". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Wells, Robert Marshall (June 10, 1996). "Veteran Campaigners Ousted By Primary Voters In North Carolina". Congressional Quarterly via CNN website. Archived from the original on February 24, 2012. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  5. ^ "United States House of Representatives" (PDF). 1996 Election Results. North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 15, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Senate – 17" (PDF). 1998 Election Results. North Carolina State Board of Elections. Retrieved May 15, 2012. [permanent dead link]