Wake County Board of Education candidates

Twelve candidates are vying for four seats on the Wake County Board of Education. Voters go to the polls Oct. 6, 2009.

Read about the candidates’ views on budget cuts, busing, school construction, year-round schools and other issues.

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Voting districts for the Wake County Board of Education (click to enlarge)

Wake County Board of Education districts, Wake County school board


District 1

Chris Malone, Wake County School Board candidate

Chris Malone

Experience:
  • Case manager, G4S Compliance and Investigations
  • Town commissioner, Wake Forest Town Commissioner
  • member, Wake Forest Town Planning Board and other town committees
224 W. Holding Ave.
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-395-4903
Web site

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Rita Rakeshaw, candidate for Wake County school board

Rita Rakestraw

Experience:
  • child development specialist
  • chair, Citizens Against Residential Encroachment
  • elementary and special education teacher
615 Jumping Frog Lane
Knightdale, NC 27545
919-266-3709
Web site

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Debbie Vair, candidate for Wake County school board

Debbie Vair

Experience:
  • director of membership and promotions, Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club
  • PTA president and/or member, Sanford Creek Elementary, Jones Dairy Elementary and Heritage Middle School
201 Enville Court
Wake Forest, NC 27587
919-217-1090
Web site

Video: District 1 candidate forum

Candidates Chris Malone, Rita Rakestraw and Debbie Vair took questions Sept. 10 at a forum sponsored by Wake Education Partnership.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5


District 2

Chris Augustine, candidate for Wake County school board

Chris Augustine

Experience:
  • owner of Augustin Information Services, staffing firm and consultant
  • owner of Augustine Logistik, international freight forwarder
  • campaign manager of Tim Burchett to Tennessee House in 1994
8429 Piney Branch Drive
Apex, NC
919-372-1677
Web site
Carlene Lucas, candidate for Wake County school board

Carlene Lucas

Experience:
  • founder, HOPE Ministries;
  • organizer of Hand in Hand tutoring program at Aversboro Elementary
  • accounting instructor at Wake Technical Community College
  • volunteer, SCOR and Literacy Council of Wake County
10225 Sauls Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-800-8787
Web site

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Horace J. Tart, Wake County school board candidate and incumbent

Horace J. Tart

Experience:
  • Wake County Board of Education
  • residential developer and independent home builder
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Wake County school teacher
1817 W. Academy St.
Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526
919-427-4304
Web site

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John Tedesco, candidate for Wake County school board

John Tedesco

Experience:
  • chief development officer, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle
  • organizer, Healthy Child Initiative, N.C. Mentoring of Children of Prisoners Initiative, Mentoring in Technology Learning Center
  • director of development, Ocean's Harbor House
  • city manager, Town of Highland, N.J.
104 Rock Fish Lane
Garner, NC 27529
919-850-9772
Web site
Cathy Truitt, District 2 candidate, Wake County school board

Cathy E. Truitt

Experience:
  • Coach and consultant, International Center for Leadership in Education
  • principal and teacher, Four Oaks Elementary
  • assistant principal, Selma Elementary
  • interim assistant professor of education, University of Rio Grande, Ohio
422 Rand Road
Raleigh, NC 27603
919-779-7012
Web site

Q&A:

Video: District 2 candidate forum

Candidates Carlene Lucas, Chris Augustine, Horace Tart and John Tedesco answered questions Sept. 1 at a forum sponsored by the Wake Education Partnership.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5


District 7

Deborah Prickett, District 7 candidate, Wake County school board

Deborah Prickett

Experience
  • consultant, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction
  • English and language arts teacher, Wake County Public School System
11305 Ridgegate Drive
Raleigh, NC 27617
919-293-0235
Web site

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Karen Simon, candidate for Wake County school board

Karen Simon

Experience
  • certified grants manager, North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission
  • U.S. Army
Home address:
5801 Magellan Way, Unit 106
Raleigh, NC 27612

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 30722
Raleigh, NC 27622

919-571-2723
Web site

Video: District 7 candidate forum

Candidates Karen Simon and Deborah Prickett took questions Sept. 22 at a forum sponsored by Wake Education Partnership.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3


District 9

Debra Goldman, District 9 candidate, Wake County school board

Debra Goldman

Experience:
  • roles in budget management, sales, staffing, consulting and business development
  • retired volunteer firefighter and EMT
  • 17 years as member and leader, PTA and school association boards
505 Nantucket Drive
Cary, NC
919-637-9292
Web site

Q&A:

Lois Nixon, District 9 candidate, Wake County school board

Lois Nixon

Experience:
  • director, Wake County Keep America Beautiful
  • founder and manager, Wake County Environmental Network
  • social worker and youth activities director
  • PTA member, substitute teacher and school volunteer
107 Overview Lane
Cary, NC 27511
919-228-1546
Web site

Q&A:

Video: District 9 candidate forum

Candidates Debra Goldman and Lois Nixon took questions at a forum sponsored by the Wake Education Partnership Sept. 9 in Cary.

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3