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Wake school board's Goldman considering run for 'higher office'

Posted January 23, 2012
Updated January 26, 2012

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— Wake County school board member Debra Goldman is considering a run "for higher office" in 2012.

Although she didn't specify what office she is considering, Goldman said in a news release Monday that Gov. Bev Perdue's request last week for a temporary sales tax hike to fund education "solidified her desire to bring fiscal responsibility to state government."

The governor's office said the proposal would raise the state sales tax in most counties from 6.75 percent to 7.5 percent, generating an estimated $750 to $800 million in revenue for public education over the year that the hike would be in place.

"I have been contemplating a run for higher office for quite some time," Goldman said in the release. "This recent $750 million tax hike proposal by the governor just doesn’t make sense. Raising taxes isn’t the answer. The real solution is fiscal responsibility, something Raleigh has not seen lately."

When reached for comment Monday afternoon, Goldman said she's not talking further until "things are finalized."

The District 9 school board representative is part of a Republican bloc of school board members who have each said they are considering higher public office this year.

John Tedesco said last week that he plans to announce this week whether he will challenge state school Superintendent June Atkinson, a Democrat.

And in September, Chris Malone announced that he is running for the newly redrawn 35th District seat of the state House of Representatives.

Goldman, Tedesco and Malone's terms on the school board expire in November 2013.

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  • Tarheel born Jan 24, 2012

    She's a joke......."and I'm not talking until things are finalized". Really, trying to figure out what a laughing stock you are now or will be?

  • butterflylover Jan 24, 2012

    I agree with Hippy_mom. But I hate to tell you it was ALOT more than 5 miles if you factor in the ride to go pick up the child. WASTEFUL is the word when an empty bus goes to pick up ONE out of district child that may or may not ride. It is ashame that no other WCPSS students can get FRONT DOOR service. This is just another one of her "I need attention" schemes like changing her mind at last minute with WCPSS school board. If she is going to be in the public eye she needs to make sure that MOST of her ducks are in a row! LOL

  • Shamrock Jan 24, 2012

    "Integrity? Really? If she cares so much about the budget and overspending, then perhaps she shouldn't have requested a bus stop five miles out of the way for her daughter at their front door. That didn't cost anything extra, did it? I will give her this, she stood up to Tedesco and Margiotta."
    Hippy_mom

    You are upset she REQUESTED a bus stop? She had no authority to make it happen. I am most pleased with how she did not allow no good Tedesco to run over her when she saw he was making a mockery of the entire nieghborhood schools issue. I don't really care about her personal life. Half the people out there are having affairs.

  • Nope Jan 24, 2012

    Integrity? Really? She had an ongoing affair with another board member (who is married)and is accused by her husband of raiding their accounts.

  • bombayrunner Jan 23, 2012

    "She'd make a great politician. She's good at changing her mind.
    cjw6105"

    hehe ... she does at that, we'd be long done with that school thing had she not thrown a wrench into it. And all that happened is everyone got a choice, but few ever selected anything but the typical feeder.

  • bombayrunner Jan 23, 2012

    Go deb go ...

  • Hippy_mom Jan 23, 2012

    Integrity? Really? If she cares so much about the budget and overspending, then perhaps she shouldn't have requested a bus stop five miles out of the way for her daughter at their front door. That didn't cost anything extra, did it? I will give her this, she stood up to Tedesco and Margiotta.

  • RaleighCitizen2 Jan 23, 2012

    Seems like proof to me that these three board members had no intention of working on behalf of students, parents, and teachers...the board was just a stepping stone in their greedy pursuit of higher office. Politics has no part in local school boards; these three are proving they just can't be trusted to really care about anyone other than their own ambitions.

  • luvbailey Jan 23, 2012

    So embaressing. Some republicans, especially me, were not pleased with any of those elected in 2009. Tedesco was suspected of having higher ambitions right from the start. A shame - absolute shame - that those who want to be politicans think it's just fine to start out with the school board and move up from there. If you want to have a career in politics, then fine, but school board should be for those who are motivated by helping kids only. Once in a while someone emerges from the school board as a leader worthy of moving on to another office. Vernon Malone comes to mind. But this is very rare.

  • haggis basher Jan 23, 2012

    Wow the GOp side are really poor losers....can't get their way they don't want to play. Debra had more guts than most of them but I didn't see anything in the WCPSS debacle that would indicate that either her or Tedesco are fit for higher office. She is however a lot less annoying than "Squeaky" is.....

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