Wake County Schools

Sutton makes candidacy for school board official

Posted June 14, 2011
Updated July 6, 2011

— Keith Sutton made it official Tuesday that he will run for re-election to the Wake County Board of Education. Sutton's District 4 seat is one of five up for grabs in October's election.

Sutton, a Democrat, had previously indicated his intention to run. He joined the board by appointment in 2009, when he filled the seat vacated by Rosa Gill. He has regularly voted with the four other Democrats on the board in support of the Wake County Public School System's long-standing student assignment policy of busing students to achieve socio-economic diversity across the district.

Two of his colleagues – Dr. Anne McLaurin, the wife of Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker, and Carolyn Morrison have said they will not run again. The fourth Democrat, Kevin Hill, is running for re-election.

The other open seat is held by Board Chairman Ron Margiotta, who also plans to run.


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  • Shamrock Jun 15, 2011

    I am not in Sutton's district, but i like him overall. Not that I support all his opinions. He keeps calm, and seems to think things through. I also do agree that the newest WCPSS board has gotten off to a slow and rocky start, but I have hope that they will get it in gear soon.

  • Remy Jun 15, 2011

    "Maybe you should get up earlier so that you can keep up with your current events better. This current board is making strides in progress. With or without your support."
    Give us da heat n drought

    Funny you said that considering you have been bashing the board quite freqently. Instead of spiffy responses, how about some substance your responses? Got any examples?

  • lovemusicfilm Jun 15, 2011

    I think it is quite possible that THE VOTERS will decide who gets elected and who does not. There will be decidedly more voters than for the last school board election....everyone does not support neighborhood schools.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Jun 15, 2011

    "Reminds me of the current board. Accomplishments = nothing."

    Maybe you should get up earlier so that you can keep up with your current events better. This current board is making strides in progress. With or without your support.

  • orangemoonlite Jun 14, 2011

    I hope the people that have true stakes in this game say good-bye to him too...

  • injameswetrust2003 Jun 14, 2011

    I would assume Mr. Sutton will be (re-)elected. Dr. Meeker and Ms. Morrison will hopefully be replaced by neighborhood-school supporters and will not be wishy-washy. Mr. Personality has been on the board long enough and needs to make some room for new blood.

  • Remy Jun 14, 2011

    "His seat is irrelevant. A win by just one majority supporter, and no more defections like Goldman, and those like Sutton who want to continue the good march of diversity, diversity, diversity does what they've done for the last 2 years,

    Give us da heat n drought

    Reminds me of the current board. Accomplishments = nothing.

  • westernwake1 Jun 14, 2011

    "He is gonna loose big time........" - miketroll3572

    While I hope this is true, in reality it is not likely to happen.

    To be fair to Mr. Sutton, he has interacted with people in his district well and has listened to their feedback. He has also stood up for the wishes of the people in District 4 on other issues (outside of diversity). He is a black man in a district that is majority of his own race. Most of the people who will actually get out and vote in District 4 are likely to support him.

    I can only hope that he does a 180 on the bussing for diversity issue and supports neighborhood schools. This would align him with the other eight members of the newly elected school board (post election).

  • theartistformerlyknownasspeedy Jun 14, 2011

    Superman: The OLD board wasted the money on the HS site when they chose to proceed with a project when it was so clearly in line to be cancelled. They chose to continue, hoping the new board wouldn't have the guts to do the right thing. Unlike the old board, they did the right thing. The old site was a political choice which lined some pockets. As they say,....follow the money. The old board made a few old buddies rich on that deal.

  • bigsix842 Jun 14, 2011

    Amen westernwake1. Eastern Wake feels the same. The old diversity policy should have the teachers teaching on the buses because the kids sure aren't in the schools. They are riding buses all day long. Mr. Sutton, you are swimming against the current. And for those at-large elections, bring it on. Let's do the same for congressional districts, at-large for the state and fix several problems.