2020 Primary Peek: State Superintendent of Public Instruction

This is the second in a series of posts encouraging people to look closely at those races which don’t get the attention afforded to Presidential, US Senate, or NC Governor elections.

We aren’t endorsing or promoting any candidate, but instead want you to be aware of contests which will be on the March 3rd Democratic Primary Ballot (Early Voting Starting February 13th). Our hope is that by becoming more familiar with the candidates, you can make an informed decision about who should be our nominee and move forward to compete in the November General Election.

Brief information is provided for each candidate: name, photo, brief current or former positions (up to 2 most relevant), website, and Facebook links. Explore each of the candidates and decide who you feel is the most qualified for this position. Candidates are listed in the order they appear on the ballot.

What is the role of the State Superintendent?
Actually, that is debatable… for some time there has been a struggle for power and control between the State Superintendent (elected) and the State Board of Education (appointed).
The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is charged with implementing the state’s public school laws, policies, and procedures governing pre-kindergarten through 12th grade public education. The elected State Superintendent of Public Instruction leads the Department and functions under the policy direction of the State Board of Education.” — nc.gov website

Candidates for State Superintendent of Public Instruction

Keith Sutton

Keith A Sutton
Former Excellence Director for BEST NC, Educational Consultant, founder of FocusED LLC, member of Wake County School Board.
https://votekeithsutton.com/
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James Barrett

James Barrett
Corporate IT Executive, member of Chapel Hill-Carboro School Board.
https://barrettforschools.com/
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Constance (Lav) Johnson

Constance (Lav) Johnson
Biography not available, website “Biography” link takes you to her Johnson Burton Learning Center web page.
https://constancelavjohnson.com/
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Michael Maher, PhD

Michael Maher, PhD
Former H.S. Science Teacher, Assistant Professor in Teacher Education at St. Augustine’s University, and Assistant Dean of Professional Education at NCSU, current president of the NC Assn. of Colleges and Teacher Educators.
https://www.maherfornc.com/
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Jen Mangrum, PhD

Jen Mangrum, PhD
Classroom teacher for 14 years, former Elementary Education faculty and program director at NCSU, currently Associate Professor in Teacher Education at UNCG, co-founder of UNCG STEM Teacher Leader Collaborative.
https://www.jenmangrumfornc.com/
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