Chatham County, North Carolina
Jim Duncan was born the son of a South Carolina native and WWII Sailor turned police officer. Jim grew up in in modest circumstances, yet because of the hard work of his parents we was able to focus on building a better life and to live the American dream. Dedicated to his studies, he worked his way through school and became the first person in his family to achieve a higher education degree. Graduating from Marist College, Jim decided to follow in his fathers footsteps and joined the militay serving in the Army National Guard for five years. In business, Jim found his home in the emerging high-tech industry.
Through hard work and commitment, Jim eventually landed his dream job in the burgeoning computer industry. He spent 30 very successful years building meaningful relationships and solving challenging problems for some of America’s most legendary corporations. He experienced the highs and lows – and successes and failures – that come with being an entrepreneur, and continued to push forward in every arena of life.
Ever grateful for his opportunities, he was able to succeed in the American free enterprise system. Jim and his family dedicated much of their time working with underprivileged inner-city children. These experiences caused Jim to examine his beliefs and look towards conservative principles. It became clear to him that there had to be a better way to lift children out of poverty and fundamentally change their circumstances and outcomes. He realized that the best opportunities came from strong conservative principles and has been a Republican ever since.
Ultimately, Jim chose to call North Carolina home and settled his family in the second congressional district. There, he quickly rolled up his sleeves and decided to get involved in the community and local politics. In 2010, Jim founded the Coalition for American Principles, a nonpartisan group, and was elected the Chairman of the Chatham County Republican Party. Jim’s chairmanship has been widely heralded as a success story. Under his leadership, the organization reached new heights and became a model for county conservative groups.
Jim is a leader for the Boys & Girls Club of Durham, Board Member of The Jessie Helms Center, and the Chatham County 9/11 memorial board. Jim is happily married to Betsy, his wife of 44 years, and they have one daughter, Kirsten.