Wake County school board member Kevin Hill is promoting the endorsement he's received from former longtime board member Wray Stephens.
In a letter posted on Hill's website today, Stephens writes that District 3 voters should "elect a person whom you respect, whom you are willing to have stand in your place at the Board of Education table, and whom you believe will represent you in how he or she governs, not by partisan ideology or by personal bias, but by being a part of a board whose collective decisions must reflect the very best efforts to achieve the purpose of governance, the common good."
"I believe that Kevin Hill is most able to serve all of the citizens of Wake County in a manner that will make us all very proud of our local board of education," writes Stephens, who like Hill is a registered Democrat.
Stephens, for those who don't remember, served on the school board from 1981 to 2001 representing District 8. That was when Fuquay-Varina was in District 8.
Like Hill now, one of the things that Stephens was known for was making decisions from more of a countywide perspective. That meant he would support decisions that his constituents weren't always happy about.
In his endorsement letter, Stephens argues that during his time on the board he "saw virtually no sign of partisan politics in the election or service of my fellow board members, and never in votes taken by the board to elect its officers or to set policy."
Stephens goes on to write that "in the last two years I have seen politicization of the Wake County Board of Education to extent that I never imagined."