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Vernon L. Robinson is a Reagan conservative who believes in the values that made America great: a limited government, faith in God, a commitment to Constitutional principles, and service to country. He has been tested and has rung true every time. Vernon believes that with the right leadership, America can remain a beacon of hope and a model of prosperity for the world to emulate.

Vernon Robinson is a former US Air Force Officer and educator who lives in Concord, NC. He led the education reform effort in North Carolina from 1993 to 2006 as founder and President of the North Carolina Education Reform Foundation. He is active in the Republican Party and, prior to moving to Concord, he served 8 years on the Winston-Salem City Council. He is married with 3 children, and attends church at Concord First Assembly.

The son of a Tuskegee airman, V. L. Robinson, Jr., and nurse educator, Dr. Stella P. Robinson, Vernon graduated from the US Air Force Academy in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Middle Eastern History. He also studied French, Russian, and Arabic. He was a Missile Combat Crew Commander in the 351st Strategic Missile Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri. Robinson earned an MBA from the University of Missouri while on active duty. He also served as an Air Intelligence Officer in the Reserves.

As a faculty member at Winston-Salem State University in what is now the School of Business, Vernon became concerned about the lack of college-level preparation in many of his students. Vernon traced that problem back to the public schools of North Carolina. In 1996, he was honored to be the Republican nominee for State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Vernon founded the North Carolina Education Reform Foundation in 1993 to educate the public, elected officials, and opinion makers about market reforms such as charter public schools and tuition scholarships. The Foundation played a central role in the charter school movement in North Carolina, combating the education establishment’s efforts against charter schools while offering assistance to those interested in starting charter schools. Vernon has been hailed as a trailblazer for education reform and has received recognition for his pioneering efforts from the NC Charter Schools Association in 2011.

Vernon was elected to the Winston-Salem City Council in 1997 and served 8 years until 2005. On the Council, he fought for public safety and right-sizing government. He opposed tax increases, forced annexation, and giving public money to special interests and private corporations. He successfully forced the United Way to abandon its efforts to defund the Boy Scouts of America, whose organization has done so much to instill pro-American, morally upright values in young men. Dr. James Dobson featured Vernon’s efforts on his “Focus on the Family” radio program, and called Vernon’s crusade a victory for people of faith across the nation.

Vernon also supported a public display of the founding documents of the Republic. He presented the City with an 1800 lb. blue granite monument of the Ten Commandments on one side and the Bill of Rights on the other. In 2005, Robinson highlighted the increase of Hispanic gang activity on the south side of Winston-Salem and was criticized by the Left.

Vernon Robinson is a principled Conservative in the mold of the late NC Senator Jesse Helms. Many times in his career, Vernon has been compared to the great former Senator.

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