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Monika Johnson-Hostler elected new Wake County school board chair

Wake County school board member Monika Johnson-Hostler
Wake County school board member Monika Johnson-Hostler Monika Johnson-Hostler

Monika Johnson-Hostler and Christine Kushner were elected by their colleagues Tuesday to be the new leaders of the Wake County school board.

Johnson-Hostler was unanimously elected to a one-year term as board chair, replacing Tom Benton, who lost his re-election bid last month. She will now serve as the board’s main spokeswoman in addition to chairing meetings.

Kushner was elected to a one-year term as board vice chairwoman, replacing Johnson-Hostler.. The vote was 5-3 with Kushner getting the backing of Johnson-Hostler, Roxie Cash, Bill Fletcher and Jim Martin. Keith Sutton got the backing of Donald Agee and Lindsay Mahaffey.

Johnson-Hostler, who is the executive director of the North Carolina Coalition Against Sexual Assault, has served on the school board since 2013. She represents District 2, which includes Garner, Willow Spring and parts of Fuquay-Varina, Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh.

Kushner, a health care policy analyst and freelance writer, has served on the school board since 2011. She represents District 6, which includes much of Central Raleigh.

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