Two days after Jerry Ballan dropped out of contention for Wake County School Board District 7, Ray Martin has bowed out of the District 9 race. The Wake County GOP executive committee had endorsed Ballan, but not Martin. The party has not yet decided whom to endorse in 7.
This press release from the Wake County Republican Party came over the transom this morning:
Ray Martin has withdrawn from the Wake County Board of Education race in District 9. The Executive Committee of the Wake County Republican Party had endorsed Debra Goldman, and Martin will now support her.
“The Wake GOP appreciates Ray’s decision to graciously step out of the race and endorse Debra Goldman,” said Chairman Claude E. Pope, Jr. “Ray is a committed Republican and educator, and he made this tough decision on his own, knowing that it is best to avoid a three-way race in this school board election. He stands with Debra on the need for common-sense approaches to improving the education of the students in Wake County and listening to the needs of families.”