Carlene Lucas is officially resuming her campaign for the District 2 school board seat in Wake County.
In a press release today, Lucas calls her earlier decision to stop actively campaigning "a mistake." She says she has since received support and contributions that will allow her to continue as a candidate.
Lucas is still generally considered a long-shot among the five candidates on the District 2 ballot. She has less money than the other candidates and doesn't have the backing of any major groups.
But Lucas could siphon off votes from other candidates on Oct. 6, helping lead to a runoff on Nov. 3.
District 2 covers Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Willow Spring.
Here's her press release:
CARLENE A. LUCAS STILL RUNNING FOR WAKE COUNTY SCHOOL BOARD DISTRICT 2
RALEIGH, NC, SEPTEMBER 11, 2009:
I would like to take this opportunity to inform you that I am still running for Wake County Board of Education in District 2.
My decision to run for the school board was because as a parent and citizen of Wake County, I have experienced the inequalities in our schools. Every child deserves to have an equal opportunity to receive a quality education. Our children and our schools in District 2 are not receiving this opportunity and have been left behind for far too long. It is time for us as parents, community leaders, educators, and students to let our voices be heard.
Since joining the race I have found that politics and special interest groups play a huge part in our school board elections. Upon learning this and the fact that I was not receiving financial support I had to rethink my decision to run for school board. Although I realize the importance of building relationships with business and community leaders, I am not running for school board to play politics or to push the agendas of special interest groups. My primary responsibility, if elected, is our children. We need to ensure that they all are given an equal opportunity to receive the best education possible.
After weighing my decision to stop actively campaigning with family and friends, I realized I made a mistake. I have since received support and contributions that will allow me to continue as a candidate for the school board in District 2. Please join me in reforming our school system because together we can improve the quality of our children’s education and give every child an equal opportunity to a quality education.
Carlene A. Lucas