A letter from Jim

Dear Voters,

Since being elected to the Wake County Board of Education in 2011, it has been an honor to serve our community. With your support, we have removed partisan rancor from school board politics, increased stability of student assignments, and returned our central focus to student achievement.

I am committed to continuing this forward momentum as your school board representative for another 2 years. Daily, I invest in education, both in my classroom at NC State University and on the school board, because I believe educating our youth is the highest responsibility of every generation. I cannot, however, do these jobs alone.

I respectfully ask that each citizen vote for candidates who prioritize public education, its excellence and its funding, as part of their governing agendas. I need dedicated public leaders to be elected so I can serve the students, teachers and citizens of Wake County to the best of my ability. I have faith in you, the voters, to choose those who will put our youth first as they build a stronger future for all of us.


Jim Martin

Experienced, Accessible Leader

  • Wake County Board of Education, Member (2011-present)
    • Board Vice Chair
    • Policy Committee, Chair
    • Facilities Committee, Member
  • Professor of Chemistry, NC State University
  • UNC-System Faculty Assembly (2007-2018), Parliamentarian (2012-2018)
  • Chair of the NCSU Faculty (2009-2010)

Jim Martin’s goal as a Wake County School Board member is to: govern effectively in a non-partisan fashion, exercise fiscal responsibility and bring high quality education to ALL students in ALL schools.

  • As a board member he will govern collaboratively with local municipalities and the county commissioners, build public-private partnerships, and ensure a clear focus on student achievement that is not subordinated to any partisan principle.
  • He will passionately advocate for comprehensive education, which includes the arts, humanities, languages and sciences. Understanding the limitations of standardized testing, he 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 sustainable funding for the operational support, maintenance, improvement, and extension of the school system, finding creative ways to utilize them to maximize the educational impact for all students.
  • And, from his perspective as a teacher, he recognizes that time is an invaluable resource. Responsible management of this resource includes efforts to limit bureaucracy to afford teachers the time they need for instruction and professional development.

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