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Johnson-Hostler runs on five-point platform for Wake school board

Wake County school board Vice Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler files for re-election on June 13, 2016 at the Wake County Board of Elections. She is seeking the District 1 seat.
Wake County school board Vice Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler files for re-election on June 13, 2016 at the Wake County Board of Elections. She is seeking the District 1 seat. khui@newsobserver.com

Wake County school board Vice Chairwoman Monika Johnson-Hostler says she will continue to work on addressing food security and equitable school funding if she’s re-elected to another term.

Johnson-Hostler, who filed for re-election Monday, was elected in 2013 and became chairwoman in December. She said in a press release that she’s running on a five-point platform: student achievement, community engagement, resource equity, teacher capacity, and parental involvement.

“To reach our goal of graduating 95 percent by 2020 we must be bold in our actions,” Johnson-Hostler said in the press release. “Actions must be comprehensive and data driven.

“Every child deserves a high quality education and the opportunity to actualize their dreams. To ensure the success of our students we must continue to address the needs of students, teachers and community; it truly does take a village to raise a successful child.”

With the help of the Democratic majority on the Wake County Board of Commissioners that was elected in 2014, school funding has sharply increased. Commissioners, along with the school board, have also worked to address the issue of food insecurity, including providing more universal free breakfast programs at schools.

Johnson-Hostler is executive director for the N.C. Coalition Against Sexual Assault. She was originally elected to District 2, but she was moved into District 1 when the General Assembly redrew the school board maps in 2013.

She is the only candidate to file so far in District 1, which includes parts of seven municipalities stretching from northwest Raleigh to eastern Wake and into Garner. School board Chairman Tom Benton, who is also in District 1, is weighing whether to run again Johnson-Hostler.

“It has been an absolute honor to represent the children and families of our community and to carry your voices forward to inform the decisions made for all children in Wake County,” said Johnson-Hostler in the press release.

“Thank you to all of the parents, teachers and community leaders of District 2 for entrusting me with the duty to prioritize your concerns and advocate on your behalf.”

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