Wake County school board member Chris Malone is citing a scheduling conflict as the reason why he missed Tuesday night's board meeting to attend a campaign event.
Malone was a featured speaker at Tuesday night's North Raleigh Kitchen Table Meeting sponsored by Triangle Conservatives Unite. He was promoting his run for the Republican nomination for the N.C. House 35 seat.
When contacted Wednesday, Malone said he previously agreed to attend the March 27 KTM meeting but had to cancel when a special called board meeting was called for that day.
Malone said he agreed to attend the group's April meeting because he anticipated incorrectly that the school board would be back this month to its regular schedule of meeting the first and third Tuesdays of the month.
But due to spring break, this month's school board meetings were shifted to the second and fourth Tuesdays.
Having promised to attend the KTM meeting and not wanting to cancel again, Malone said he felt he needed to compromise. He attended the school board's afternoon work session before skipping the evening's action meeting to attend the KTM event.
"It wasn’t their fault (his constituents at the KTM meeting) we kept changing things up," Malone said. "I don’t see there being any future issues as we are going back to the original schedule."
Scheduling conflicts have also caused school board member John Tedesco to miss board meetings as he seeks the Republican nomination for state schools superintendent.
I don't recall school board member Debra Goldman having missed board meetings while seeking the GOP nomination for state auditor.
With the primary coming on May 8, we'll see whether any of the trio are still in the running for the November general election.