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Wake school board interviewing nine candidates

Posted August 5, 2009 6:02 a.m. EDT

— Wake County public school board members are interviewing nine candidates who want to replace Rosa Gill on the board.

Interviews were scheduled to begin at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, and the board will vote Thursday.

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 candidates are:

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

The school board is also looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Beverley Clark. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 27.