Heidi Carter is tall, in a tall sort of way. She’s kind of a loner. Likes room to do her thing. The Durham Public Schools Board of Education chairwoman also drinks a lot of water, laughs readily, and looks unswervingly in your eyes when talking with you.
When we met the other day, for the first 14 minutes or so I couldn’t get a question in edgewise. She allegedly wanted to know more about me. Foolishly, I told her.
Then I signaled for a time out, consulted with Coach K (not true), and finally got control of the thing at 15 minutes in. We forged ahead with the Gaspo interview.
Carter’s answers have been edited for length.
(A long pause when there shouldn’t have been.)
(At one point, I mentioned something about “Mad Men.”)
Carter shook her head. I shook my head.
I asked Carter what she liked doing besides not watching TV, working, and spending time with her husband and four grown children.
Carter: I love the outdoors. I run six or so miles a day, alone. About 5:15 a.m., under moonlight, mostly. My thinking time.”
(Integrous is a borderline word, but the Urban Dictionary says, not surprisingly, that it means: “full of integrity.”)
You can reach Tom Gasparoli at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-219-0042.