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Roxie Cash stressing her experience on Wake County school board

Roxie Cash files Monday, June 13, 2016, for the District 2 seat on the Wake County school board. Cash served from 1991 to 1999, including two years as board chairwoman.
Roxie Cash files Monday, June 13, 2016, for the District 2 seat on the Wake County school board. Cash served from 1991 to 1999, including two years as board chairwoman. khui@newsobserver.com

Former Wake County school board member Roxie Cash filed Monday to run for the open District 2 that includes portions of Wake Forest and Raleigh.

Cash is stressing her prior experience on the board from 1991 to 1999, including her two terms as chairwoman. Cash said the board needs experienced members and a balanced philosophy.

“I am committed to Wake County and believe that strong public schools are the foundation of a successful community,” Cash said in her announcement. “I have a grandchild in the Wake County Public Schools, and I’m as motivated as ever to make sure we have the best schools in the nation for all our children.”

Cash, elected in 1991 on a platform of improving communications between the board and parents, said in 1999 she believed that the board has largely achieved that goal. In 1999, Cash said she was not running again because she wanted more time to spend with her family and devote to her career as a pharmacist.

But with Cash nearing retirement, she said wanted to serve again on the board.

“I learned a lot during my time on the board,” Cash said. “I also have now been removed for more than 15 years, so I also bring a fresh perspective. I feel my experience will be an asset to a school board faced with continuous growth that brings challenges at every turn.”

Cash is a registered Republican, but she’s among the former school board members who signed a 2010 letter urging the new conservative Republican board majority “to help ensure the worthy goal that each child in Wake County receives the equal opportunity and quality education he or she deserves.”

The letter was intended to deter the school board from making major changes in the student assignment policy.

Cash backed board member Kevin Hill in his 2011 re-election bid. Cash publicly criticized Heather Losurdo, a Republican, whose election would have allowed the GOP to cling to a narrow majority.

In 2014, Cash donated money to the Democratic candidates for the Wake County Board of Commissioners who were elected into office.

Cash’s campaign announcement includes a note of support from Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane, a longtime friend. McFarlane is registered as unaffiliated, but she and her husband have historically given large sums to Democratic school board candidates.

“Roxie will be a strong School Board member,” McFarlane said in the press release. “She has the experience, perspective, and common sense to make great decisions. She also is a wonderful communicator, and she will listen to parents and taxpayers about the needs of our school system.”

The school board is officially non-partisan, and Cash posed for pictures Monday with both registered Republicans and Democrats who filed for election.

Cash is the only candidate so far in District 2, which includes parts of Wake Forest and Raleigh from the Brier Creek to Wakefield areas and down inside Interstate 440.

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