The four Democratic candidates for Wake County Board of Commissioners are holding a listening tour and have created a website explaining why they feel they’re a better choice than the four Republican incumbents.
Over the next few weeks, the quartet will visit all 12 Wake County municipalities to hear citizens concerns and answer their questions.
The tour starts Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Knightdale Station Park Picnic Shelter Number One, 810 N. First Ave. The second stop will be at 2:30 p.m. at Agave Mexican Bar and Grill, 18 W. Third St. in Wendell. The final stop on Sunday will be at 4 p.m. at the Fargo Cattle Co., 1007 Shepard School Road in Zebulon.
The website, www.morewithfour.com, was launched this week to promote the four candidates and to get the message out that voters can cast ballots in all four commissioners races.
As part of the website launch, Wake County Democratic Party Chairman Dan Blue unveiled the first two of 14 reasons why he says voters should back their candidates. A press release says those two reasons “deal with education and the GOP Commission majority’s assault on public education and partisan attacks on the school board.”
Support for Kay Crowder
Neighborhood leaders in city Councilman Thomas Crowder’s Southwest Raleigh district are lobbying to appoint his wife to the post.
Crowder announced this month that he’ll likely resign soon because he’s out of treatment options in his lengthy battle with testicular cancer. He asked fellow council members to appoint his wife, Kay Crowder, to serve the rest of his term.
Council members have received a number of emails backing the appointment. “I have great confidence that Kay would carry out the wishes of the majority of District D voters who elected Thomas, and therefore represent the district well,” wrote Neil Riemann, president of the Cameron Park Homeowners Association.
Sallie Ricks of the University Park Homeowners Association said Kay Crowder is already well-acquainted with the district’s issues and residents. “Kay’s outgoing personality, energy and drive would be an asset to council, District D and the citizens of Raleigh,” Ricks wrote.
The full City Council is expected to vote on the appointment Tuesday, allowing it to take effect whenever Thomas Crowder’s health requires him to step down.
Park named for councilman
The longest-serving Town Council member in Cary history will have a park named for him.
Jack Smith Park will be located at 9725 Penny Road, near Holly Springs Road on the southeast side of town. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m.
The council voted Thursday to name the park for Smith, who has served continuously on the council since 1989 and is now in his seventh term. The vote was unanimous, including Smith.
The 50-acre park will be on land that was once part of the Bartley family farm and will include a children’s play area, the town’s second dog park, a climbing rock, trails and the town’s first “spray ground.” Whirligigs by the late folk artist Vollis Simpson will be installed near the play area.
Smith now joins other elected officials who have had parks named for them, including Fred G. Bond, Marla Dorrel, Robert V. Godbold, Harold D. Ritter and Thomas E. Brooks.
Women candidates forum
Women candidates on the ballot in Wake County this fall will take part in a forum at Meredith College in Raleigh on Monday.
Participants will discuss why they chose to become involved in public service; the challenges and opportunities for women in elected office; and why they believe more women should run for office.
The candidates who had committed to attend as of Friday were: Brenda Cleary, U.S. House of Representatives District 13; Sarah Crawford, N.C. Senate District 18; Rosa Gill, N.C. House District 33; Lisa Baker, N.C. House District 36; Yvonne Holley N.C. House District 38; Margaret Broadwell, N.C. House District 40; Kim Hanchette, N.C. House District 49; Jessica Holmes, Wake County Board of Commissioners District 3; Jennifer Knox, Wake County Clerk of Superior Court; and Donna Stroud, Sabra Faires and Lucy Inman, N.C. Court of Appeals; and Lorrin Freeman, Wake County District Attorney.
The forum will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium and is free and open to the public.
• The Wake Senior Democrats will meet Wednesday at the Crabtree Marriott. Lunch begins at 11 a.m. followed by the program at 11:30 a.m. Ethel Hasty will speak about “The Power of the Pen.”
• State Sen. Tamara Barringer of Wake County and Kathy Harrington of Gaston County will speak to the Wake County Republican Women’s Club on Thursday at the N.C. State University Club, 4200 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Social begins at 11:30 a.m. followed by lunch and the program at 11:45 a.m. Lunch is $19 at the door. Pay by mail, P.O. Box 30454, Raleigh 27622 or online atwww.wakerepublicanwomen.org
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Compiled by T. Keung Hui, Colin Campbell and Richard Stradling.
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