Tony Gurley

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Tony Gurley
Wake County Commissioner
In office
Chairman, Wake County Board of Commissioners
In office
2005 2007, 2010
Preceded by Joe Bryan
Succeeded by Paul Coble
Personal details
Born (1956-04-03) April 3, 1956 (age 63)
McDowell County, North Carolina
Political party Republican
Spouse(s)Robin Gurley
Residence Raleigh, North Carolina
Alma mater University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Tony Gurley (born April 3, 1956) is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina, currently serving as chief operating officer for the Office of State Budget and Management. [1] He served on the Wake County Board of Commissioners from his election in 2002 until he resigned in 2014 to take the state position. Gurley served as Vice-Chairman of the board of commissioners in 2005 and as Chairman in 2006-2007, and 2010.

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The Wake County Board of Commissioners is the governing board for Wake County, which includes the City of Raleigh.


By education, Gurley is both a pharmacist and attorney. He is a member of the North Carolina Republican Party. [2] In 2011, Gurley filed paperwork to run for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2012, but was subsequently defeated by Dan Forest in the Republican primary. [3]

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Early life, education and business career

Gurley was born and raised in McDowell County in Western North Carolina. After graduating from high school, Tony attended University of North Carolina and received his Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy in 1978. He continued his studies at UNC and in 1981 received his master's degree in Pharmacy Administration. In 1999, he entered Law School at North Carolina Central University. He graduated in 2003. After receiving his law degree, Gurley opened the Law practice of Gurley & Cookson in Raleigh, although he was not active in practicing law. [4]

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Wake County politics

Gurley began his political career in Raleigh in 2002 when he was elected at-large to the Wake County Board of Commissioners. Gurley was re-elected in 2006, and 2010 respectively. [4]

At-large is a designation for members of a governing body who are elected or appointed to represent the whole membership of the body, rather than a subset of that membership. At-large voting is in contrast to voting by electoral districts.

2012 run for lieutenant governor

In March 2011, Gurley announced via Twitter that he filed organizational papers to run for Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina in 2012. [3] In September 2011, Gurley's candidacy was endorsed by former Lieutenant Governor James Carson Gardner, stating that he liked the idea that Gurley, a pharmacy owner, had a background in business. [5] Shortly thereafter, Gurley was also endorsed by Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison. [6]

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The Lieutenant Governor of North Carolina is the second highest elected official in the U.S. state of North Carolina and is the only elected official to have powers in both the legislative and executive branches of state government. The current Lieutenant Governor is Dan Forest, a Republican.

Donnie Harrison was the sheriff of Wake County, North Carolina, having served in that role from 2002 to 2018. Prior to taking the position, he was for 26 years a law enforcement officer in Wake County with the North Carolina Highway Patrol. From 1988 to 1992, he was also the Chief of Security for Lieutenant Governor James Carson Gardner.

Primary Results

Republican primary results [7]
Republican Dan Forest251,88532.9
Republican Tony Gurley189,95424.9
Republican Dale Folwell185,53524.3
Republican Grey Mills112,06314.7
Republican Arthur Jason Rich25,0153.3
Total votes764,452100

Under state law, if no candidate receives 40 percent of the vote in the primary, the second-place candidate can request a second primary (runoff). [8] According to unofficial May 8 primary election results, Gurley came in second, and he announced that he would request such a runoff. [9] Gurley was defeated by Dan Forest on July 17.

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Republican 2nd primary results [10]
Republican Dan Forest101,42867.9
Republican Tony Gurley47,97832.1
Total votes149,406100

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  1. Tony Gurley accepts state budget position, resigns as Wake Co. commissioner
  2. Goldsmith, Thomas (11 October 2010). "Newcomer goes after Gurley". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  3. 1 2 Cornatzer, Mary (23 March 2011). "Gurley files papers for Lt. Governor bid". Raleigh News & Observer. Archived from the original on 1 April 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  4. 1 2 "Commissioner Profiles". County of Wake. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  5. Christensen, Rob (26 September 2011). "Gardner backs Gurley for lt. gov". Raleigh News & Observer. Archived from the original on 6 November 2013. Retrieved 3 November 2011.
  6. Harrison endorses Gurley for Lt. Gov. Archived 2012-07-16 at
  8. Poll suggests GOP headed toward runoff in Lt. Gov. and Auditor races Archived 2012-05-01 at the Wayback Machine
  9. Tony Gurley statement [ permanent dead link ]