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Nine in running for open Wake school board seat

Posted July 20, 2009 4:17 p.m. EDT

— Nine people have filed as candidates to replace Rosa Gill on the Wake County school board, a district spokesman said Monday.

Gill, the representative of District 4 on Raleigh's east side, had been the chairwoman of the board until she resigned to serve out the remainder of Rep. Dan Blue's term in the state House of Representatives. Blue, D-Wake, moved to the state Senate after the April death of Sen. Vernon Malone, D-Wake.

The board will meet Tuesday to discuss how to interview the candidates. Board members expect to make a selection within a month.

The candidates are:

  • Venita Peyton, broker in charge at Daymark Realty/Coastal Federal Credit Union
  • Keith Sutton, manager of the legislative affairs program at the state Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
  • Jonica Rowland, an insurance agent selling life and health policies
  • Alice Garrett, former principal at Carroll Middle School
  • Lynette Aytch, director of North Carolina Partnership for Children
  • Lillian Lee, former administrator at Rolesville Elementary School
  • Samuel Greene, former principal at West Millbrook Middle School
  • Doris Burke, a retired teacher
  • Johnnie Darden Sr., a minister and businessman