Sutton, 39, is the legislative affairs program manager for the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. He is a past president and chief executive officer of the Triangle Urban League and also served on the Healthy Schools Task Force, the board of directors of the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, the Blue Ribbon Committee on the Future of Wake County, and the Southeast Raleigh Assembly.
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 following other candidates were interviewed Wednesday before the board voted:
- 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
The school board is also looking to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Beverley Clark. Applications must be submitted by Aug. 27.
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