Midtown Raleigh News

4 running for school board seat

At least four people say they want to fill the vacant seat on the Wake County school board once held by Debra Goldman.

Nancy Caggia, a long-time school system volunteer, and Linda Gunter, a lobbyist for the N.C. Association of Educators and former state senator, said they filed Friday. Lois Nixon, who ran against Goldman in 2009, says she also filed. Former school board member Bill Fletcher had filed last week.

Friday was the deadline for people to submit applications. School officials did not have information Friday evening on who and how many people had applied.

Applicants seek the District 9 seat that covers much of Cary. The seat became open Feb. 1 when Goldman resigned to lead a nonprofit organization in Wilkes County. The other eight school board members will interview the applicants and likely fill the vacancy in March. The new board member would finish Goldman’s term, which expires in November.

Earlier this month, the board appointed Tom Benton to the District 1 seat. Benton took over for Chris Malone, who resigned after being elected to the state House in November.

Staff writer T. Keung Hui