Keith Sutton was sworn in this afternoon as the newest member of the Wake County school board.
He was chosen two weeks ago by the other school board members to fill the opening created by Rosa Gill being appointed Dan Blue’s seat in the state House. Sutton will finish out the rest of Gill’s term, which expires November 2011.
Sutton will represent District 4, which covers Southeast Raleigh.
He pledged today to be a leader who will be a strong advocate for the school system.
Sutton said that "despite being recognized as one of the best school systems in the nation," Wake was "one of the best kept secrets in the state." He said Wake can't afford to lose the progress it has made.
He said he will be a strong advocate for special-education students. He said he brings "a fresh approach" and "a little political saavy" to his new position.
Sutton was president of the Triangle Urban League. In 2008, he served as an outreach director for Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign and as a political director for the N.C. Democratic Party.
He currently is legislative affairs program manager for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which is a lobbying position.
The Wake school board has one more vacancy to fill. Beverley Clark resigned her District 6 Central Raleigh seat last week.
Applicants have until noon Aug. 27 to apply for Clark’s seat. The new board member would finish her term, which expires November 2011.
School board members will interview applicants Sept. 8 and could make a decision that day.