As the NCGOP 6th District Chairman, A.J. has lead the District to unify and focus on supporting candidates. Under Chairman Daoud, the 6th district was the only district to donate to all statewide Republican candidates in the 2014 election and achieve 30% minority representation at the County Chairman level. In 2013, Governor McCrory appointed A.J. to the North Carolina Lottery Commission, he resigned this position in November 2015. In addition to traveling North Carolina for the NCGOP he has previously made many presentations on behalf of the NC Lottery to groups across North Carolina before resigning as lottery commissioner.
Although the 2012 Secretary of State election marked A.J.'s first run for public office in North Carolina, he assisted in the winning campaigns of Republicans Jim Holshouser and U.S. Sen. Jesse Helms plus many other local, state, and National races over the years.. A.J. is looking to build on the 70,000 votes he received in that primary election to become the first Republican North Carolina Secretary of State.
Daoud began his career in public service working as a police officer, and used his law enforcement credentials to become Executive Director of a non-profit organization aimed at gang-prevention called the local Police Athletic League. He eventually segued into the private sector as a small funeral home business-owner in Pilot Mountain. He earned his MBA and consulted professionally with other funeral home business-owners to help guide their expansion efforts.
While pursuing his funeral home business and consulting career, Daoud remained true to his service roots. He helped create a state organization connecting PALs (Police Athletic League’s) in various cities, served as Vice President at the national level, and lobbied for the Missing and Exploited Children act.
Daoud lent his time and energies as a member and/or leader of several community service organizations, such as Habitat for Humanity and United Way. He served as the Chairman of the Pilot Mountain Planning and Zoning Board, and has worked on the Mayor's Downtown Task Force
A.J. has two children, Joey and Baileigh, who live in Florida and is married to Angie Thomas Daoud; they reside in Pilot Mountain, NC with their two dogs, Petey and Coco and their cat Fluffy.