Thursday, November 17, 2011

A Charlotte Democrat might run for state schools post

Democrat June Atkinson, North Carolina's Superintendent of Education, hasn't said whether she'll run for another term in 2012. If she doesn't, expect a fight for the job.

State Rep. Tricia Cotham, a Charlotte Democrat, said today she'll run if Atkinson doesn't. "If there's a vacancy, I do intend to run," she said.

Cotham is a former middle school teacher and assistant high school principal, Cotham won a special party election in 2007 to replace disgraced for Speaker Jim Black. She has won two elections since.

She's only the latest to express interest in the superintendent's job. The News & Observer reports that Wake County school board vice chairman John Tedesco will decide after the first of the year whether to run.

And state Rep. Rick Glazier, a Fayetteville Democrat, has said he's considering the race.


Anonymous said...

Tricia Cotham would be a great choice! She is a highly effective State House Rep.and previous to that an award winning classroom teacher at East Mecklenburg and Independence High School.

Anonymous said...

She was never a teacher at east mecklenburg high school. Only an assistant principal. Nevertheless, a strong candidate who has educational experience.