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Parents at child-care center in Wake County upset about hosting Ted Cruz event

Nancy Franco, center, and other supporters wait to enter Sen. Ted Cruz's rally at Calvary Baptist Church Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. Parents at an adjacent child care facility say they’re concerned about having a big crowd at the building.
Nancy Franco, center, and other supporters wait to enter Sen. Ted Cruz's rally at Calvary Baptist Church Tuesday, March 8, 2016 in Raleigh, N.C. Parents at an adjacent child care facility say they’re concerned about having a big crowd at the building. jhknight@newsobserver.com

Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz is holding a rally Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church – a building that also houses a child-care center.

Some parents at King's Town Child Development Center, which is south of Raleigh on Ten-Ten Road, aren’t happy about having their kids down the hall from a presidential campaign event.

Drew Goodson, who has two daughters who attend the center, said he “scrambled” to make alternate child care arrangements when the Cruz event was announced Monday afternoon.

He said he’s worried the rally will mean “people in the facility that haven’t been vetted or had their background checked in any way – the ability for someone who absolutely should not be around children to get in.”

The director of the center, Tana Frye, declined to comment when a reporter called Tuesday morning. Frye is married to David Frye, Calvary’s lead pastor and a member of Cruz’s state pastors team.

Goodson shared an email from Tana Frye that stressed that the church isn’t sponsoring the Cruz event or endorsing the candidate.

“To ensure the security of our King’s Town children we will be using secure restrooms, the children will remain in the classrooms, we have a list of all the people attending, local media will not be able to photograph any children and there will be a heavy police presence on our campus,” Tana Frye wrote in the email.

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