Seven seek Wake school board seat vacated by Goldman

tgoldsmith@newsobserver.comFebruary 27, 2013 

Wake County school board members will hear on March 9 from seven applicants who want to fill the District 9 slot on the panel left vacant by Debra Goldman.

The meeting will be the second of the sort held recently by the board. Earlier this month, the board filled the position left vacant by state Rep. Chris Malone, selecting Tom Benton as its newest member.

The person chosen by board members after the interviews will serve until Goldman’s term ends in November. The board is officially nonpartisan, but Democrats hold a 6-2 majority now, and they could increase that margin to 7-2 by selecting another Democrat.

Three new applicants appeared on a list released by school officials Wednesday.

Applicant Jim Pomeranz, who has worked in sales since 1987, is a registered Democrat, but said he would base his votes on factors other than politics.

“I want to be a nonpartisan participant on the Board of Education,” said Pomeranz, a 60-year-old Cary resident. “I do not have any debts to pay to any particular group.”

Applicant Anna Johnson, 37, is a registered Republican, but also would like to see partisan politics removed from the school board’s decision-making.

“I truly come into this with no political agenda except that I want to serve the community and do what’s the best for kids in Wake County,” said Johnson, the mother of five and a community and school volunteer.

Applicant William Ingerslew, 71, is an IBM retiree and an unaffiliated voter. He was unavailable for comment.

Residents of District 9 had until Friday to file applications, including a letter of interest, a resume and three letters of recommendation.

The first four applicants were Nancy Caggia, a long-time school system volunteer; Linda Gunter, a lobbyist for the N.C. Association of Educators and former state senator; Lois Nixon, who ran against Goldman in 2009; and former school board member Bill Fletcher.

Interviews by the board will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. March 9, with a board vote on the seat to follow. The position was first advertised in early February, following Goldman’s decision to leave Wake County to head a nonprofit in Wilkes County.

Goldsmith: 919-829-8929

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