Wake schools candidate outraged by question about daughters
Posted September 27, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — A Wake County Board of Education candidate says a liberal advocacy group has gone too far in contacting the school district to ask whether her daughters attend public or private schools.
Heather Losurdo, a registered Republican, is up against incumbent Kevin L. Hill, a Democrat, Eric Wayne Squires, a Republican, and Jennifer Mansfield, who is unaffiliated, for the District 3 seat.
She says a group called Progress North Carolina Action, which launched a website last week accusing Losurdo of hate speech, anti-public school views and tea party extremism, is crossing the line between her campaign and her personal life.
"There is a man out there asking private information about my daughters," Losurdo said. "It is very unsettling."
Gerrick Brenner, executive director of Progress North Carolina Action, acknowledges calling the school district to inquire about Losurdo's daughters, but contends that the question is valid.
Brenner said it's important to know whether a candidate places their "school-aged children in the schools (they) want to make policy for." He called her "divisive and extreme."
Losurdo dismissed Brenner's explanation.
"I don't think that is anyone's business where my children attend school," she said.
Losurdo later said one of her daughters is in the Wake County public school system, but the other is not.
A student's name, grade, school, activities and sports information are available to the public through the school district.