Wake County school board member Carolyn Morrison says she's not endorsing school board chairman Ron Margiotta in his re-election bid even though she appeared at his campaign kickoff event.
Morrison said she attended Margiotta's July 18 event as a sign of respect to the board's longest serving member. She said he respected how he persevered as a member of the board's minority for several years.
But Morrison said she's not planning on endorsing Margiotta, his District 8 opponent Susan Evans or any other candidate in this fall's races. She said she might change her mind if there are run-off contests.
Morrison pointed to how she had chosen not to run for election because of her concern about the races becoming too partisan.
Morrison said she attended the event as Margiotta's guest and was told she didn't have to give a contribution.
Morrison's appearance caught the eye of some people considering how she disagrees with Margiotta on issues such as the old diversity policy.
In fact, a press release from state Rep. Paul Stam, Margiotta's honorary campaign chairman, notes Morrison's presence at the event.
"Among those attending were State Representatives Marilyn Avila, Nelson Dollar and Tom Murry and event host, Paul Stam along with special guest NC House Speaker Pro-Tem Dale Folwell," the press release says. "County Commissioner Tony Gurley was present along with area mayors, Ronnie Williams of Garner, Frank Eagles of Rolesville, Dick Sears of Holly Springs and Keith Weatherly of Apex.
Town Council members Mike Jones, Gene Schulze and Lance Olive from Apex and Linda Williams of Holly Springs and Charlie Adcock of Fuquay-Varina also were in attendance. School Board members John Tedesco, Chris Malone, Deborah Prickett and Carolyn Morrison were also their to show support."
Margiotta leaves out any reference to the school board members in the version of the press release he sent out.