A GOP candidate is turning to members of the new Wake County school board majority for help in winning the party's nomination for a state House seat.
In a press release today, Tom Murry announced that new Wake school board members Deborah Prickett and Chris Malone are supporting his bid for the GOP nomination in District 41. Murry, a Morrisville Town Councilman, and Todd Batchelor, a former finance director for the N.C. Republican Party, have both announced they'll seek the GOP nomination.
"Tom Murry is a proven conservative leader committed to building strong neighborhood schools," Prickett said in the press release. "And families throughout Raleigh, Cary, Apex and Morrisville can trust that as their representative in Raleigh, Tom will be a strong advocate for their interests."
Prickett was registered as an unaffiliated voter when she successfully ran last fall for the school board seat in District 7, which covers Morrisville, part of Cary and northwest Raleigh. State Board of Elections records show Prickett has since registered as a Republican.
Prickett's status as an unaffiliated voter was a big reason why she initially wasn't endorsed by the Wake County Republican Party.
Supporters of the four eventual winning school board candidates had touted during the campaign that it wasn't just Republicans running for office. The other three new school board members are Republicans.
The winner of the GOP Primary would likely challenge Democrat Chris Heagarty for the District 41 seat. Heagerty was appointed to the seat last year after Ty Harrell resigned.