P.O. Box 21142
Winston-Salem, NC 27120
Office: (336) 703-2005
Initially Appointed: December 2018
Tonya D. McDaniel was elected as a county commissioner for District A in 2018. She is a Winston-Salem native from a military family, who was raised in Ft. Jackson, S.C. She received her undergraduate studies from Winston-Salem State University, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in Public Administration. In 2016, she graduated from North Carolina Central University with a Masters in Public Administration.
She is employed with United Health Centers, which operates the Federally Qualified Health Centers that are governed by patients with a mission of providing quality, affordable holistic healthcare.
In her role as county commissioner, she's worked to ensure District A has equality in the evaluations of the property tax rates, equity in county funding for the school systems, and would be accountable for the funding for the safety of all.
"I love this community and I'm committed to its progression," she said.
She's the god-daughter of the late Earline Parmon, a well-known community leader who served as a Forsyth County commissioner, state representative and state senator. McDaniel said she decided to follow in Parmon's footsteps and run for county commissioner to ensure equity for District A and that it gets its fair share. "I love my community and committed to its progression," she said.
McDaniel was appointed by Governor Roy Cooper to serve on the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council, which directs the development of the State Medical Facilities Plan. She serves on the National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans & Military Services Committee. She sits on the Forsyth County Home & Community Block Grant Advisory Council. She is a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Incorporated, Nu Tau Zeta Chapter. This is her third term elected as second vice chair of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County NAACP Chapter and a Silver Life Member. She serves as the second vice chair of the Forsyth County African American Caucus.
Her community involvement includes being 2nd Vice Chair and a fully-paid Silver Life member of the NAACP Winston-Salem Branch Chapter. She’s also a member of many other organizations such as Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. (Nu Tau Zeta Chapter), Meridian Lodge #308 Order of Eastern Star, PHA (30th District Jurisdiction of NC), Daughters of Sethos Court #105, Forsyth County Democratic Women, Top Ladies of Distinction, Inc. (Winston-Salem Chapter), National Women of Achievement, Inc. (Kernersville Chapter), Forsyth Chapter of the National Association of University Women (Winston-Salem), the American Business Women's Association (Winston-Salem), and the Winston-Salem State University National Alumni and WSSU Chapter Alumni Association. She is a member of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners and the N.C. Association of Black County Commissioners. She's also a NC State Bar Certified Paralegal and Forsyth County Notary Public.
McDaniel has three children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys Zumba and playing Scrabble.