A third Republican member of the Wake County school board has publicly announced a potential run for higher office this year.
In a press release today, school board member Debra Goldman says she will make a decision by the February filing period about her candidacy. She doesn't say what seat she's considering, but odds are it would be for the General Assembly.
“I have been contemplating a run for higher office for quite some time,” said Goldman in the press release. “This recent $750 million tax hike proposal by the governor just doesn’t make sense. Raising taxes isn’t the answer. The real solution is fiscal responsibility, something Raleigh has not seen lately.”
Due to redistricting, Goldman is now in the revamped state House District 11, which used to be in Wayne County. That seat is open.
Goldman says in the the press release that "she has earned a reputation for being a maverick on key issues relating to the school assignment policy."
Previously, fellow GOP school board member Chris Malone had announced his candidacy for the state House 35 seat while Republican board member John Tedesco will announce this week if he's running for state School Superintendent.
Of the four Republican board members, only Deborah Prickett hasn't announced she's considering running for higher office.
All the Republicans are on the board through 2013 so nothing happens if they run and lose. If any of them win the GOP primary and later the General Election, the Democratic majority on the school board would fill the openings and potentially create an 8-1 majority.