The Wake Schools Community Alliance isn't wasting any time making an endorsement in the District 1 school board race.
The WSCA sent out a press release Tuesday evening announcing the endorsement of former Wake Forest Town Commissioner Chris Malone for the seat being vacated by Lori Millberg. Malone only announced his candidacy on Friday although rumors about his interest in the seat have been floating around the community for months.
This is the second time the WSCA has issued an endorsement within days of a candidate coming forward. Just two days after Deborah Prickett announced her candidacy in District 7, the group endorsed her.
This means the WSCA has endorsed candidates in two of the four board races even before the filing period begins July 6. Take Wake Schools Back and the Children's PAC have not issued any endorsements yet.
While all three groups talk about having similiar values, such as support for community schools, will they back the same candidates? Or will you see fractured support among candidates who are critical of current board policies?
In District 1, barring any other strong candidates emerging, Rita Rakestraw will likely pick up the support of groups that support the diversity policy. You've also got Otis Lindsey in that race but he's been silent since forming his campaign committee.
Here's the WSCA press release for Malone:
WSCA Endorses Chris Malone for Wake County School Board District 1
Wake Schools Community Alliance (WSCA) is pleased to endorse Mr. Chris Malone for Wake County School Board District 1. Mr. Malone announced his candidacy on June 5th.
Chris Malone and Wake Schools Community Alliance (WSCA) share the common objective of restoring parental voice and choice in our school system. For too long, our Wake County School Board members have ignored input from parents and stakeholders. WSCA members share Chris's optimism that with the right leadership, Wake County Schools can do a much better job.
Chris Malone's energetic leadership and sound business background are excellent complements to his strong ties to communities in District 1. Mr. Malone continues reaching out to parents, citizens and community leaders across his district to ensure constituents are given the voice they deserve on the Wake County School Board. Kristen Stocking, a WSCA Steering Committee member, commented on the groundswell of support already building for Chris Malone. "We're very pleased with the community response to Chris Malone's announcement. And we are delighted that support is coming from Democrats, Republicans and Unaffiliated voters. We have never regarded the education of our children as a partisan matter, and are pleased that District 1 citizens are demonstrating their strong agreement."
As an experienced businessman, community leader and parent with children with Wake County Public Schools, Chris Malone has all the tools to deliver effective representation for District 1 and all of Wake County.
WSCA has an open invitation to all Wake County citizens to join our group and help achieve our immediate goal of electing four new School Board members who will remember that citizens are at the top, not bottom, of the government organization chart. Our next meeting is Thursday, June 18th, in Knightdale. All Wake County citizens are welcome, and we especially encourage voters in District 1 to come to the meeting and meet Chris Malone. Please visit our web site at www.wakesca.org to learn more about WSCA.
June 18th WSCA Meeting:
Knightdale Town Council Chambers
950 Steeple Square Court
Knightdale, NC 27545