Wake County school board candidate Cynthia Matson says she would "love another $10,000 (in campaign donations) by Monday."
Matson made the pitch for more campaign cash during an interview today on the conservative Frank Roche Show on WRDU. She said she's raised about $10,000 but will need more money to defeat Jim Martin in District 5.
"I would love people to give us some more donations because then I can reach more individuals throughout the county and throughout my district because really when I get on that board they may not be able to vote for me in my district but when I'm elected I'm voting for them," Matson said. "So I'm asking people across the county if you believe in choice, if you believe in fiscal efficiency, you believe in having the community represented and you want someone who knows how to read a budget, manage people and get things done, please support my campaign financially."
Based on Matson's last campaign report, she had raised $6,027.10 as of Aug. 30. Martin had raised $26,688.18 as of Aug. 30.
"My opponent has raised three times the amount of money I've raised because, quite frankly, I run a college campus," Matson said. "I'm a single parent with two children in middle school. I don't get on the phone and beg people for money everyday."
Matson continued to point out her differences with Martin on school funding and tax increases.
"My opponent, Jim Martin, is already saying 'we need more money, we need to put out a bond, we need to raise taxes,'" Matson said. "We may need to put a bond, but it's not my decision. I represent the people. I want my constituents to say we want this based on evidence that we need it. Until I'm convinced that we need it, I don't believe in raising taxes."
Matson also continued to stress the equity issue, saying people in District 5 and throughout the rest of the county should have more of the same programs that are offered at magnet schools.
"Down in this county, we've had a lot of growth and we don't have what I call the candy store, which are the magnet schools," Matson said.
Noting that magnet schools were created for diversity purposes, Matson pointed to how minority students are now the majority in Wake.
"We do not need to manufacture diversity, we have it," Matson said. "What we need to do is have more equity."