Monika Johnson-Hostler is the first candidate to announce she will seek the District 2 seat on the Wake County school board.
In a press release today, Johnson-Hostler said she's running "to ensure parents have a voice, teachers receive more support, and all students have access to a quality education." As the mother of a rising Wake third-grade student and the wife of Wake County high school math teacher, Johnson-Hostler says she "can be the voice for students, parents and teachers in District 2.”
Johnson-Hostler is perhaps better known locally for her roles as executive director for the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault and president of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence.
The Raleigh resident is a registered Democrat.
District 2, which includes Garner, Fuquay-Varina and parts of Southeast Raleigh and Knightdale, is represented by board member John Tedesco, a Republican. Tedesco has not announced whether he'll seek reelection.
Here's Johnson-Hostler's press release;
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Child Advocate and Parent Announces Run For Wake County School Board
Raleigh, NC- Monika Johnson-Hostler concerned parent and longtime advocate will seek election to represent District 2 on the Wake County Board of Education on October 8th.
Monika is the mom of a rising third grader and wife of a Wake County high school math teacher. She is running for the Board to ensure parents have a voice, teachers receive more support, and all students have access to a quality education. Monika believes every child, regardless of where they live, deserves an equal opportunity to learn with today’s technology and be exposed to innovations of the future needed to prepare our children for the modern workforce.
“Our community needs access to a quality education and parents voices need to be heard. Schools in the district need to be improved by providing access and opportunities for ALL kids. I have advocated for the safety and well-being of children my entire career and I can be the voice for students, parents and teachers in District 2.”
Monika is a veteran of the anti-sexual assault movement, the executive director for the NC Coalition Against Sexual Assault and the President of the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence. She has been appointed to several state and national boards. Monika is a member of the NC Domestic Violence Commission and recently completed her tenure on the US Attorney General’s National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women. She has tirelessly worked to create policies to respond and prevent sexual violence.
“As a parent and the wife of a teacher, I will advocate to make sure all children have access to a quality education, teachers receive the support they need and to give the parents in District 2 a voice on the school board.
Monika is a native of Thomasville, NC and has resided in Raleigh for 14 years. She is also active in her daughter’s school, her church and civic organizations.
Monika Johnson-Hostler was the only candidate to file Thursday to run for Wake County school board.