Here's new Wake County school board member Susan Evan's statement following her victory over board chairman Ron Margiotta:
"I am humbled to be here in front of you tonight. I am very grateful for the tremendous amount of support and encouragement I have received during this effort. But mostly, I am proud that our community has voted to move forward and to continue working together in providing the best possible public education for ALL of our students.
It has been a tumultuous time for the Wake County Public Schools and our community. I'm ready to help our community put the divisiveness behind us and to focus on thoughtful solutions that will strengthen education opportunities for our students and provide necessary support for our teachers.
I also want to let the people in my district know how much I have appreciated their input in these past few months and that I will be taking everything I learned from them to heart. I pledge to work for policies that balance as many of the things that my families have told me are important to them, as is possible.
I couldn't possibly be able to thank everyone who has helped out with my campaign, my I wanted every single one of you to know how much it is appreciated. I am especially grateful for the group of citizens that have been working together with me, tirelessly for these past couple of years, in an effort to bring awareness to the issues facing our school system.
Today's elections are the culmination of a tremendous effort to remind our community that we are all in this together. I promise to do all that I can to keep the reputation of Wake County schools strong and to keep Wake County an attractive place for businesses and for families. Above all, I pledge to PUT STUDENTS FIRST on my agenda!"