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Gary Lewis touts experience and endorsements in Wake school mailers

Campaign mailer from District 8 Wake County school board candidate Gary Lewis promoting his experience.
Campaign mailer from District 8 Wake County school board candidate Gary Lewis promoting his experience. Gary Lewis

Wake County school board candidate Gary Lewis is promoting his experience and his endorsements in a pair of campaign mailers sent to voters in District 8.

In one mailer, Lewis talks about his experience as a 27-year Wake County resident, former IBM employee and longtime PTA volunteer. The mailer also lists his campaign issues, which include adequate funding and efficient planning for school growth, promote academic growth for all students and maintain assignment stability, calendar choice and school options for families.

“Today, our schools face many challenges — largely due to growth,” Lewis says in the mailer. “My work and PTA service taught me the value of listening in solving problems and finding solutions.

In a second mailer, Lewis includes testimonials and endorsements from people such as former Wake school board chairwoman Roxie Cash, former State Board of Education chairman Phil Kirk and community activists Wanda Denning and Hardin Engelhardt.

“As Wake County PTA President, Gary always put our children and families first,” said Cash, who is running unopposed for the District 3 school board seat, in Lewis’ mailer. “We need experienced leaders like Gary on our Wake County School Board!”

Lewis is running against Lindsay Mahaffey and Gil Pagan in a district that includes Apex, Holly Springs and parts of Cary and Fuquay-Varina. The open seat is being vacated by Susan Evans, who is running for a seat in the N.C. Senate.

All nine Wake County school board seats are on the Nov. 8 ballot. School board candidates are fighting to get voter attention at a time when candidates for national, state and other county offices are also campaigning.

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