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January 17, 2014

Fundraiser for Wake County school board member running for NC Senate

Sarah Crawford, who was the chief fundraiser for Wake County school board vice chairman Tom Benton’s campaign last fall, has announced she will run for the NC Senate District 18 seat.

A candidate for the state Senate has ties to a Wake County school board member.

As noted in Wednesday’s article by Aaron Moody in the Eastern Wake News, Sarah Crawford says she will seek the Democratic nomination for Senate District 18. Crawford’s run comes after she helped Wake County school board vice chairman Tom Benton win election in October.

Benton said that Crawford was his chief fundraiser. While the final campaign reports aren’t in yet, reports filed before the election showed Benton had a decisive fundraising edge over challenger Don McIntyre.

Crawford’s political background includes several years of constituent work for Congressman David Price. She’s currently director of development and public relations for the Tammy Lynn Center, a Raleigh-based nonprofit that serves children and adults with developmental disabilities.

If she wins the Democratic nomination, she’d likely take on Republican Senator Chad Barefoot. One of Barefoot’s actions last year was being a primary sponsor of the new state law that changes Wake County’s school board election districts.

The law is currently being challenged in federal court.

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