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Gil Pagan talks special needs services in Wake school board material

Campaign postcard from District 8 Wake County school board candidate Gil Pagan
Campaign postcard from District 8 Wake County school board candidate Gil Pagan Gil Pagan

Wake County school board candidate Gil Pagan is talking about helping special needs students in campaign materials being handed out to voters in District 8.

In the postcard, Pagan says he will provide more services to kids with special needs and that he has special needs service experience. Pagan is the parent of a special needs child and says he helped manage a 1,000-employee early intervention and school-based related services program serving children with special needs for seven years.

The Wake County school system has more than 20,000 special education students. Services for children with special needs has long been a source of tension between parents and the school district.

Also in his postcard, Pagan mentions other parts of his campaign platform such as limiting and modifying Common Core, less testing of students and letting students sleep more by starting school later.

Pagan’s campaign material also says he’s a small business owner and local employer and that he has education, budgetary and board experience. The latter part of that statement comes from how he says that he was a trustee of the Board of Directors of New Brunswick Theological Seminary.

Pagan is running against Gary Lewis and Lindsay Mahaffey 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.

Lewis, who campaign finance records indicate has the largest campaign fund of the three candidates, has been sending out campaign mailers to voters.