Wake County school board member Jim Martin filed Monday to run in the District 6 seat that includes parts of western and southwestern Wake.
In his campaign announcement, Martin describes himself as being “known as a tireless advocate for students, parents and teachers.” Martin says his “educational and policy expertise have proved invaluable as the Board has become a stable governing body whose focus is high quality education for all students.”
Martin, a chemistry professor at N.C. State, was elected in 2011 as part of a Democratic election sweep that knocked the conservative Republican majority out of power.
Martin has stressed that the board should be non-partisan. Seven of the nine board seats are now held by registered Democrats and one member was a Democrat but is now registered unaffiliated.
Martin repeatedly mentions in his campaign announcement about the need to teach students a “comprehensive education,” which he said “teaches critical thinking and moves away from standardized tests.”
“Central to my role on the Wake County School Board is finding effective ways to support our teachers as professionals,” Martin said in the press release.
“To ensure high-quality, comprehensive education for all, the next School Board must increase equity across our countyʼs schools regardless of magnet status or zip code,” Martin added in the campaign announcement. “They must also find a way to provide adequate, sustainable school capital and operating funds for the Wake County Public School System.
“Jim Martin has the skills, experience, and passion needed to meet these goals.”
Martin even notes in his announcement how he sang with Superintendent Jim Merrill, Chief of Staff Marvin Connelly and school board member Bill Fletcher at a December concert at Apex-Friendship High School.
Martin is the only candidate to file so far in District 6, which includes parts of Garner, Cary, Apex, Holly Springs and Fuquay-Varina.