Wake County Board of Education member Susan Evans announced Wednesday she will run for the state Senate in the district represented by Republican Sen. Tamara Barringer of Cary.
Evans, a Democrat who is in her first term on the board, said in a statement that she would “bring the practical, solutions-oriented approach that I’ve used as a school board member to state government decision-making.”
“People in my community tell me they are worried about vanishing job security, flat wages, and a diminished commitment to our public schools. They want a government focused on the needs of everyday working people,” said Evans, who lives in Apex. “Sadly, in recent years, we have watched our legislative leaders focus more on social and ideological issues and on cutting taxes for the wealthy than on investing in our state’s core needs.”
Barringer is serving her second full term. She has focused on legislation to help foster children.
Evans won election to the school board in 2011, when the district’s diversity policy was a major campaign issue. Democrats won control of the board, but have since left in place assignment changes adopted by Republicans.
Nonetheless, Evans’ earlier statements on school assignments may become an issue in a legislative race.
“Susan Evans is an intolerant liberal culture warrior who hates neighborhood schools and has shown utter contempt for parents who send their kids to those schools,” Ray Martin, political director for the Senate Republican caucus, said in a statement. “We’ll make sure she doesn’t take her war on Wake’s students statewide.”