Midtown Raleigh News

Eight seek Wake school board seat

The Wake County school system released Monday the names of all eight people who have applied for the open District 1 seat on the school board.

School officials had said they were unable to identify the six people who had filed at the last minute before Friday’s deadline for the seat vacated by Chris Malone. He resigned to take a seat in the state House. Two other applicants had filed ahead of the deadline.

The new applicants are:

H. Wade Minter, a Democrat from North Raleigh who unsuccessfully ran in 2002 and 2004 as a Libertarian candidate for state House.

Ben Clapsaddle, a Democrat from Wake Forest who unsuccessfully ran in 2011 for a seat on the town’s Board of Commissioners.

Shinica Thomas, a Democrat from Wake Forest who has a child at Heritage High School and is on the school board advisory council for District 1.

Hilda McCullers, a Democrat who lives in an unincorporated area near Knightdale.

David Menaker, a Democrat from Wendell who is a developer.

Don Mial, a Democrat who lives in an unincorporated area near Knightdale, who ran unsuccessfully in 2010 for the Wake County Board of Commissioners and last year for the N.C. House.

The other two applicants are Tom Benton, a Democrat from Zebulon who is a retired Wake principal, and Wendy Ford, a Republican from Wake Forest who served 19 years on a school board in upstate New York.

District 1 covers Wake Forest, Rolesville, Wendell, Zebulon, part of Knightdale and part of North Raleigh.

The school board will discuss Tuesday how they’ll go about filling the vacancy. From staff reports