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Wake Republicans raffle rifle to fuel campaigns

April 11, 2014 

Wake County school board member Keith Sutton jokes about the box of Peeps marshmallow chicks in front of his seat.


After being forced to cancel its major fundraiser – a shooting event originally planned for Saturday – the Wake County Republican Party is selling raffle tickets for an AR-15 rifle.

Volunteers had hoped to raise money to help conservative candidates in their 2014 races through “Shooting for Victory,” a fundraiser to be held at Drake Landing in Harnett County. But in March, a Harnett County Superior Court judge concluded that Drake Landing did not meet the definition of agricultural land use.

Neighbors opposed to the business had said it should be regulated like a shooting range, not a farm, and subject to county zoning. The range remains open while the owner appeals the decision.

In the meantime, the Wake County Republicans are asking their members to buy tickets for a chance to win a Panther Arms AR-15 to help the party pay for mailings and other expenses. The winner will get the U.S.-made rifle with a collapsible stock, a magazine and 20 rounds of ammunition.

One ticket is $10; five tickets are $30, and 10 tickets are $50. They can be purchased online. The drawing will be held June 7 at the state GOP convention.

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Ducks return to school board

The spirit of former Wake County school board member Debra Goldman was present at Tuesday’s meeting.

Someone anonymously placed a box of Peeps marshmallow candy chicks in front of each school board member’s seat. For board member Keith Sutton, it brought to mind how Goldman had placed yellow rubber ducks in front of her seat in late 2012 to remind her colleagues to keep their ducks in a row.

“I first want to say thank you to whoever brought us these yellow marshmallow chicks,” Sutton said to laughs and clapping. “I was nervous when I came out and saw them because the last time I had a yellow bird at my podium I was told I needed to get my ducks in a row.”

Goldman resigned from the board in February 2013. She’s now a Ronda Town Commissioner after being elected as a write-in candidate in that Wilkes County community’s elections in November.

Political events

• The Wake County Board of Commissioners will swear in new County Manager Jim Hartmann during its work session on Monday at 2 p.m. in Board Room 2800 at the Wake County Justice Center, in downtown Raleigh. After the ceremony, the work session will be moved to Room 2700. Hartmann was chosen to replace David Cooke, who retired on Dec. 1, 2013.

• The Wake County Senior Democrats will meet Wednesday at the Crabtree Marriott beginning with lunch at 11 a.m. followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. Speakers include candidates for Wake County district attorney, Lorrin Freeman (or surrogate) and Boz Zellinger, as well as candidates for Wake County clerk of Superior Court, Sam Bridges and Blair Williams.

• Ron Aycock, now retired after serving more than 30 years as executive director of the N.C. Association of County Commissioners, will speak about “North Carolina’s Rural-Urban Divide” and how it affects the state’s policy decisions at a Timely Topics brown bag lunch, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wake County. It will begin at noon on Friday, April 25, in Finlator Hall, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, 1801 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. For information, go to or call 919-783-5995.

• Candidates running in the May 6 Primary for Wake County district attorney, clerk of court and N.C. House District 49 have been invited to attend the meeting of the Democratic Women of Wake County on Tuesday, April 22, at the NCSU University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Buffet opens at 11:30 a.m., followed by the program at noon. Dinner cost is $20. No charge to attend program. For lunch reservations, contact Cindy Sizkez at 919-319-8375 or by April 17.

• The PTA at E.K. Powe Elementary School in Durham is holding a forum for District 2 candidates for the Durham school board on April 24 at 7 p.m. in the school media center. District 2 covers a west-central area, south of Interstate 85. For district maps and information, see Frederick Davis, the District 2 incumbent, is not running for re-election. Five candidates are contending for his seat: Sendolo Diaminah, Jimmy Doster, Donald A. Hughes, DeWarren K. Langley and Terrence R. Scarborough.

Compiled by Martha Quillin, T. Keung Hui and Jim Wise.

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