Wake County school board member Christine Kushner says she’s leaning toward running for re-election this year, but the announcement of her candidacy Friday was premature.
A blog post on Kushner’s website said she was running again “to build on and continue our progress” since she was elected in 2011. After it was noticed, Kushner took down the tweet that went out when the blog post was published.
Kushner explained that she hasn’t made a final decision on this year’s election. She said she was working Friday on draft wording for an announcement and hadn’t realized it had gone live.
All nine school board seats are on the November ballot under new lines drawn up by the General Assembly. Filing starts June 13.
Cary keeps seal as is
Several western Wake County towns have been in various stages of rebranding themselves, looking at new town flags, logos and slogans.
But the Cary Town Council decided not to make changes to the town’s brand last month when council members Lori Bush and Jennifer Robinson proposed to “refresh” the town seal.
Bush said she was not looking to change the seal, just update it. The seal was last changed in the 1970s and enhanced for use on the town flag in 2001.
“What I’d like is something that’s appealing,” Bush said. “A little bit better than the hand-drawn look that we have today.”
The council voted 5-2 against a motion to instruct town staff to look into the options and costs of updating the seal, with only Bush and Robinson voting in favor.
“I see nothing wrong with the seal,” councilman Don Frantz said. “The only thing I would consider is an enhanced digital version for electronic media and such so maybe it shows up a little better. Other than that I don’t want to touch it.”
Jason Cannon, a Greensboro consultant, has been named Wake Forest’s first economic development director.
Cannon, 37, will be responsible for recruiting new businesses, supporting existing businesses and expanding local employment opportunities, according to a news release from the town. He will also manage one part-time employee.
Town leaders created an economic development office after the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce passed off economic development duties to the town earlier this year.
Cannon is expected to begin April 11.
▪ State Rep. Grier Martin will discuss the need for redistricting reform at The Wake Democratic Men’s Club meeting on Monday, April 11, at the Holiday Inn Downtown, 320 Hillsborough St. in Raleigh. Doors open at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. and the program at 7 p.m. Make dinner reservations by Friday, April 8, to WakeDMC@mail.com.
Compiled by T. Keung Hui, Kathryn Trogdon and Sarah Nagem.
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