New Wake County school board member Deborah Prickett no longer is worried about telling the world that she’s a Republican.
Prickett had been a registered Republican before changing her party status to unaffiliated in November 2007. She said Wedensday she made the change because she felt was it was the “wise decision” to make before starting a new job at the state Department of Public Instruction.
Prickett wouldn't be the first state employee who has felt uncomfortable about being a registered Republican.
Prickett changed her status back to Republican last month. She said she switched back because she felt Republicans were on the “right side” of education issues. She said she was also impressed by all the help the Wake County Republican Party had provided during the election.
Prickett had publicly thanked the GOP when she was sworn in on Dec. 1.
The party change means Republicans hold a 5-4 majority on what Is officially a non-partisan board.
The fact that Prickett wasn't a registered Republican last year initially cost her the Wake County Republican Party's endorsement. The GOP initially endorsed Jerry Ballan. But after he dropped out the GOP backed Prickett.
Prickett's voter status had allowed groups to argue that it wasn't just Republican school board candidates challenging the status quo.
Prickett said she had no plan on running for office when she changed her status in 2007. She reiterated that it was her son's inclusion in the reassignment plan last year that pushed her into the political arena.