Published Media Questions & Answers 



Name: Pat Bradford

Party:  Republican

Race:  New Hanover County Schools Board of Education, At-Large

Incumbent: No

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Given by Candidate: WinRed (2020)





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Voter Record from New Hanover County Board of Elections indicates candidate's Political Affiliation is Republican.

Primary Election Voting History for Patricia Alice Bradford during time of residence in district and/or at current address:
  • 2020 Primary: Republican

  • 2018 Primary: Republican

  • Voted in seven Republican Primary elections 1994 - 2016



Please note: Responses are entered electronically by the candidate and are listed verbatim, unless the candidate requests a typo change or we remove inappropriate language.

Right to Life
Abortion providers, including Planned Parenthood, should not be a resource for instruction or services in the school.

Strongly Agree

Human life begins at conception and deserves legal protection at every stage until natural death.

Strongly Agree

School districts should be able to use taxpayer money for lobbying the state legislature.


What is your position on government funding of public education from Pre-K through college?

Funding of public education is important. Without an education, life and opportunity to succeed are extremely challenged. My parents had no formal education past high school, but both self-educated and my father went on to have a gainful career as a CPA and businessman. In 1969 my mother co-founded a popular Florida community newspaper, still quite viable today. My father pushed me to college and I'm ever so grateful that he did. My education has carried me through 40+ years of small business. I was fortunate that my father funded my higher education; I didn't have to take out student loans. I'm very concerned about college loan debts. If public education was funded by the government from Pre-K through college it would level the playing field in the ability to receive an education; no longer would anyone be held back by socioeconomic status. In order to render a more solid opinion, I will need to study the issue more than I have. To consider it, I would certainly want to see additional funding of trades/technical/vocational schooling for those who didn't want to pursue higher learning.

Religious Liberty
At school, students should be able to speak freely and civilly about matters of conscience and faith, including Christianity.

Strongly Agree

School districts should not discriminate against individuals, organizations or small businesses because of their belief that marriage is only a union of one man and one woman.

Strongly Agree

Students should not be allowed to pray in school.

Strongly Disagree

Under what circumstances (if any) should a government, school, or employer be allowed to require vaccinations?

Under no circumstances should a government, school or employer be allowed to require experimental mrRNA vaccinations. See also my response under Other Important Issues regarding childhood immunization exceptions.

When should parents be restricted from speaking in school board meetings?

Parents should always be allowed to speak in the public comment portion of school board meetings.

Please list in order the following priorities in relation to the role of a K-12 public school (omitting any that do not apply):

Mathematics, Information Technology, Science, Political Activism, Personal Finances, Gender Identity, Physical Fitness, American History, Critical Race Theory, Language Arts, Art & Music, Vocational Learning, Sexuality, Foreign Language, Social Emotional Learning

K-12 priorities: Language Arts, Math, American History, Science, Information Technology, Art & Music, Physical Fitness, Vocational Learning, Foreign Language, Personal Finance

American civics education should emphasize our nation's founding principles of liberty and equality.

Strongly Agree: American civics should teach America's great history: all of it, the good, the bad and the ugly. By learning about mistakes we made as a nation, we the people keep from repeating them. More emphasis should be placed on (unbiased) teaching of our U.S. Constitution, our State Constitution and our Declaration of Independence.

Before students are taught courses such as Comprehensive Sex Ed (CSE) or Social Emotional Learning (SEL), they must opt-in with written parental permission.

Strongly Agree

The loss of local control in education is too high a price to pay in exchange for federal dollars.

Agree : The current loss of control in education, especially with the strings we see attached to it coming from the federal government is just reprehensible. The federal government has no place telling the schools what to teach, push contact tracing, or mandate anything. It must stop.

I support the teaching of curricula (such as the 1619 Project, No Place for Hate, Second Step, etc.) that emphasizes slavery and racism as the foundation of American history.

Strongly Disagree

Parents are the ultimate authority in their child’s education and should be able to freely pursue whatever educational options they deem best for their child.


What is the function of the local school board?

The function of the local school board is to hire and hold the superintendent accountable, set curriculum and vision, manage the budget, set policies for teachers, students and administration, update and maintain infrastructure. The BOE must be held accountable for the academic performance standards in the school district.

Do you support the National School Board Association's characterization of parents who speak out at school board meetings as "domestic terrorists"?

No : Absolutely NOT! I am a Patriotic mom and grandmother who speaks out at local school boards.

Who should have the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula?

The school board has the authority to set curriculum and determine resources used in those curricula, with the input from parents and guardians.

Who has the ultimate right to control the education of children in public schools? (a) parents (b) teachers (c) school boards.

School boards have the ultimate right and ultimate accountability for the academic performance standards for the school district's children in public schools, but the parents have the last say, because they can vote with their feet to remove their children from the public school system to home school or go private.

Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

I am a person of faith, with a personal relationship with the Triune God. I am accountable to God, and that means for you: integrity.


I support allowing public high school students to participate in athletic competition based on the gender with which they identify instead of biological sex.

Strongly Disagree

Who is responsible for teaching sexual education to children, and what is the appropriate age when it should be taught?

Parents or guardians should teach sexual education to their children and begin when the parents or guardians deem it is appropriate for their child.

If you support the teaching of Sex Ed, please answer the following question: Sexual education should include these topics (list all that apply and add your own, if needed) -- Physical and emotional health outcomes; contraceptive methods; consent; abstinence; sexual orientation and gender identity; human anatomy/the reproductive system; abortion methods and side effects; stages of pregnancy and fetal development; sex acts and pleasures of sex

I do not support it. When sex ed must be taught, it should be human anatomy/the reproductive system, stages of pregnancy and fetal development, abstinence, and what consent means.

Judeo-Christian values established a framework of morality that is necessary for our system of limited government.


No healthcare diagnosis or treatment, whether mental, reproductive, or otherwise, should be given to a child without first receiving written consent from the parent.

Strongly Agree

No school official should be involved in the sexual transitioning of a student, including the use of alternative names and pronouns.

Strongly Agree

Race Relations
I support the teaching that an individual, solely by virtue of his or her race, is inherently racist, whether consciously or unconsciously.

Strongly Disagree

Have you ever been convicted of a felony or been penalized in either civil or criminal court for sexual misconduct? If so, please explain.


A candidate's personal moral values should not be relevant when considering a candidacy for elective office.

Strongly Disagree

When you consider your views on a wide range of issues from economic and social matters to foreign policy and religious liberty, which of the following best describes you overall?

Very Conservative

Please provide publicly available information, including interviews and media reports, validating your answer to the previous question (other than your website).

WHQR CoastLine Candidate interviews Wrightsville Beach Alderman Oct. 13, 2017. Wilmington Star News candidate profiles 2017. Lumina News weekly editorials published 2002-2017. Wrightsville Beach Magazine monthly publisher's comments (Up Front) 2000-2022. Monthly NHC Board of Education Call to Audience (public comments) May 2021-present archived videos. New Hanover County HHS special mask mandate meetings public comments August, October, November 12, 2021, archived video and media reports. New Hanover County Commission reg meeting public comments August, 2021 and January 11, 2022 archived videos. (Not 100% sure on these last 2 meeting dates.) If you Google my name and New Hanover County and my name and Wrightsville Beach you will come up with a good number of media articles about issues that I have written about both in editorial and in journalistic stories. There is a wealth of material out there. The local print, online and T.V. media have been covering school board meetings and sometimes quote my remarks. Wilmington Star News.

Is there anything else you would like voters to know about you?

I am a mom, grandmother aunt and great aunt. My grandson and two great nephews are high school students. I was sworn in as a Guardian ad Litem, a child advocate in 2006 by the North Carolina 5th District Court. I have been a guardian, mentor and friend to children not biologically my own. As a small business owner in New Hanover County for more than three decades, I bring to the board common sense, and trial by fire successes and failures in hiring/firing, budgets, payroll, insurance, accounts payable & receivable, contract negotiation, request for proposals, strategic planning, and working as a productive team, even when we disagree. In the course of my work, I have attended and reported on literally thousands of government meetings from large to small, including lobbying trips to Raleigh and Washington, DC on behalf of the community. Even thought my work kept me a political outsider, I understand how government works and have a cordial relationship with a good number of our local elected officials and paid staff, as well as state and federal representatives, past and present. I am a leader and a warrior with real world experience to rebuild the school district's trust and to put children first, not political agendas.

Other Important Issues
Under what circumstances (if any) should schools be allowed to require vaccinations?

Under no circumstances should schools be allowed to require experimental mRNA vaccinations. This is different from immunizations currently required by NC law for K-12 school requirements: polio, measles, mumps, rubella, influenza type B, hepatitis type B, diphtheria, tetanus and so on.

I support mask mandates.

Strongly Disagree

  • Appalachian State University, Boone, BA, 1980

  • Appalachian State University, Boone, BS, 1983


Work & Military
  • North Carolina Real Estate Commission Licensing, Broker, Instructor and later Corporation, 38 years

  • Global River Church, Member, Prayer Ministry Team, Kingdom Women, Intercessory Prayer Team

  • River of Life Worship Center, Member, Contributor

  • First Fruit Ministries, Volunteer Outreach and Ministry

  • Boots on the Ground, Outreach Volunteer

  • Pine Valley Church of God, Member, Children's Sunday School Teacher, Dir. The Kings Breakfast, Greeter

  • Lower Cape Fear Republican Women, Member

  • Cape Fear Realtors Association, Former Member, Chair Ethics Comm.

  • None

  • Wrightsville Beach Board of Aldermen, Sought 2018