A letter from Jim

Dear Voter,

During my past 4 ½ years on the Wake County Board of Education, it has been an honor to provide leadership backed by the community’s support and commitment to public education. We have removed partisan rancor from board politics, increased stability of student assignments, and returned our central focus to student achievement. I am committed to continuing this forward momentum, and anticipate becoming a re- election candidate once filing opens June 13.

As you know, the Wake County Board of Education districts are in flux. A legal case will be heard beginning May 9 to determine whether I will continue to serve in District 5 or run in a new District 6. While I have cultivated many personal and school relationships in District 5, I continue to expand similar relationships in the new district; I will gladly serve, if re-elected, in either location.

Prior to candidate filing, please check this site often as it is being updated. Information on the district outcome will be posted when available. Finally, please consider a donation today so this campaign can begin touching new voters immediately after filing.


Jim Martin

Experienced, Accessible Leader

Jim Martin’s goals as a Wake County School Board member will be to exercise good governance and fiscal responsibility to bring high quality education to all students in the public schools.

  • As a board member he will not “subordinate the education of children and youth to any partisan principle,” but will respect the differential authority for governance by the Board, and administration by the Superintendent and Staff (Board Policy 1000, 1005).  
  • He will continue as a strong advocate for comprehensive education, which includes the arts, humanities, languages and sciences.  And, understanding the limitations of standardized testing, will push for consideration of “multiple intelligences” when assessing students and teachers. From personal and professional experience, Jim also understands and will continue to stress the importance of both academic and vocational/technical education. 
  • He will “seek to obtain funds for the operational support, maintenance, improvement, and extension of the school system,” (Board Policy 1000) finding creative ways to utilize them to maximize the educational impact for all students.
  • And, from his perspective as a teacher, he will also recognize that time is an invaluable resource. Responsible management of this resource will include efforts to limit bureaucracy to afford teachers the time they need for instruction and professional development.     

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