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Felton announces school board candidacy

It looks like Wake County school board member Deborah Prickett will have competition for re-election to the District 7 seat.

Zora Felton, who retired July 1 after 25 years as a Wake teacher, announced Thursday that she will seek the District 7 seat that currently represents northwest Raleigh, Morrisville and part of Cary.

“I understand how children learn best, and I hope to bring this understanding to the Wake School Board and involve our full community in supporting our students,” Felton said in her news release.

Felton is a registered Democrat who has been a leader in Wake NCAE. Her news release lists www.zoraforschoolboard.com as her campaign site, but it doesn’t appear to be up yet.

Prickett, a former Wake guidance counselor who now works for the state Department of Public Instruction, has recently said she expects to run for another term. She’s also a registered Republican.

A wild card here is that Felton, under the new lines going into effect in 2016, would find herself in the same district as board vice chairwoman Christine Kushner. Felton could instead opt to run then in the new regional district that includes Inside the Beltline Raleigh.

The fling period opens noon July 5. Staff writer T. Keung Hui

Cloudbearing heads to Raleigh

A fast-growing information technology services company is shifting its headquarters from Washington, D.C., to downtown Raleigh.

CloudBearing is starting out with 10 employees locally – five of whom are being transferred and five of whom are local hires. Including its satellite offices, the company has 18 employees, double the number of a year ago.

“We’re 100 percent cloud-focused,” said CEO Nick Vossburg, who co-founded the business in 2011. “Our mission is to help organizations successfully transition to cloud computing.”

Vossburg said the company spent a year scoping out the best site for its new headquarters.

“Raleigh quickly rose to the top,” he said. “One, because there is a great pool of talent in the Raleigh-Durham area.”

The region also enables “a high quality of life, but at the same time a reasonable cost of living for our employees,” Vossburg added.

CloudBearing has leased 7,687 square feet of space on West Martin Street in the Warehouse District.

Vossburg anticipates the company will double in size over the next 12 months by adding 18 new hires. About a dozen of those hires are likely to be local, he added. Staff writer David Ranii

A new logo for Raleigh?

Does Raleigh need its own logo? Or does that seal with the green tree in the center do the trick?

Jayne Kirkpatrick, who heads the city’s public affairs department, recently floated the idea to an appointed social media task force. She suggested the city could create an eye-catching new logo to be used in branding, economic development and other efforts.

Kirkpatrick pointed out that Wake County has a separate logo and seal, which look nothing alike. Raleigh’s seal appears on just about everything official that city government puts out. “Raleigh does not have and never has had a logo,” she wrote in an email. “The creation of a City logo in no way is a threat to the seal.”

The development of a logo could be part of a funding allocation for communications in the coming fiscal year’s budget. The exact purpose of that funding hasn’t yet been determined. The council voted to add $230,000 in part for a new city manager to conduct an organizational review, but some of those funds are available for a communications effort. Staff writer Colin Campbell

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