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Wake County school board member will run for NC Senate seat

Wake school board member: Diverse schools made my kids ‘anti-misogynist’

Wake County school board member Christine Kushner thanked the school system on Dec. 4, 2018 for helping her children become "anti-racist, anti-misogynist, anti-homophobic fully formed adults."
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Wake County school board member Christine Kushner thanked the school system on Dec. 4, 2018 for helping her children become "anti-racist, anti-misogynist, anti-homophobic fully formed adults."

Wake County school board member Christine Kushner plans to run for a seat in the state Senate now held by Republican incumbent John Alexander.

Kushner filed paperwork last week forming a campaign committee for the Democratic nomination for the District 18 seat that includes parts of Wake and Franklin counties. Kushner, 55, of Raleigh, said in an interview Monday that serving in the General Assembly is the next step for her to advocate for public schools after eight years on the school board.

“I want to continue advocating for public schools and more and more of these issues, including the budget, have to deal with state mandates,” Kushner said. “There are better policies that need to come out of the state legislature.”

Kushner, a writer and policy analyst, was first elected in 2011 as part of a Democratic sweep that flipped school board control from a conservative Republican majority. She’s gone on to serve as board chairwoman and vice chairwoman as she argued for the value of diverse schools and the need for more school funding for services such as additional school counselors.

During her tenure, Kushner has been a critic of the Republican-led General Assembly. She and other Wake school board members complain the state hasn’t provided enough school funding while also shifting finding for some areas from the state to counties.

Alexander was elected to the Senate in 2014. He’s now the lone Republican in the 16-member Wake County state legislative delegation following last fall’s election that swept out several GOP incumbents.

Kushner isn’t the only Wake school board member seeking state office. Board vice chairman Keith Sutton is seeking the Democratic nomination for state schools superintendent.

The Democratic primary is in March 2020.

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T. Keung Hui has covered K-12 education for the News & Observer since 1999, helping parents, students, school employees and the community understand the vital role education plays in North Carolina. His primary focus is Wake County, but he also covers statewide education issues.
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