A conservative activist is trying to link Jessica Holmes, a Democratic candidate for the Wake County Board of Commissioners, to the Rev. William Barber and fears of “out of control student assignment.”
In a press release Wednesday, Joey Stansbury of the Wake Citizens Coalition points back to a July 2013 letter to the editor in which Holmes wrote that she was “one of thousands inspired by the fervent speeches of Rev. William Barber and other speakers at ‘Moral Monday.’” Stansbury then points out how Barber, the president of the state NAACP, led protests in 2010 against the Wake County school board’s efforts to end busing for diversity.
“Wake County Commissioner candidate Jessica Holmes was ‘one of thousands inspired by the fervent speeches of Rev. William Barber,’” Stansbury says in the press release. “We doubt that thousands of parents exhausted by the protests he led at Wake County Board of Education meetings to defend an out of control student assignment plan would agree with her inspirational assessment.
What direction does Jessica Holmes want to push Wake County schools? We would love to know. She doesn’t say.”
Republicans have tried to make Barber a campaign issue over the years. For instance, former Wake school board chairman Ron Margiotta‘s unsuccessful 2011 re-election campaign saw him send a mailer trying to link Barber to his opponent, Susan Evans.
This year, Republican House candidate Gary Pendleton has run negative television ads featuring Barber and his Democratic opponent, Kim Hanchette.