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Winners In Primary Races For Governor, State Superintendent Confirmed To Speak To School Leaders At NCASA Conference On March 27

Katherine Joyce | NCASA Executive Director

2020 CEL Candidates Forum Speakers North Carolina’s first venture with a Primary Election on Super Tuesday, when 13 other states were voting March 3rd, set the stage for some key General Election battles Nov. 3rd, including some with a major impact for public education. In two of those races, the Democratic and Republican Primary winners for both Governor and State Superintendent have already confirmed they will participate in the General Election Candidates Forum hosted by the NC Association of School Administrators (NCASA) on March 27th during our 2020 Conference on Educational Leadership at the Wilmington Convention Center.

Easily winning their Primary races for Governor, current incumbent Governor Roy Cooper (D) and Lt. Governor Dan Forest (R) will square off in November in what may be one of the nation’s most-watched races for a state office. Cooper and Forest will both speak to the NCASA audience in Wilmington to share their views on major K- 12 education issues, based on questions provided by NCASA on behalf of its members.

In addition, the NCASA forum will feature the two Primary winners for Superintendent of Public Instruction, who are both vying to replace outgoing State Superintendent Mark Johnson on Jan. 1. Dr. Jen Mangrum (D), a professor in the School of Education at UNC-Greensboro, will square off in November against Catherine Truitt (R), the current Chancellor of Western Governors University North Carolina who served as Senior Education Advisor to former Governor Pat McCrory. In their segments at the NCASA forum, Mangrum and Truitt will also address NCASA’s questions on key issues facing the state’s public schools.

Two other Council of State races on the ballot this week, those for Lt. Governor and State Treasurer, set up General Election races to determine which individuals ultimately winning those seats will also serve as voting members of the State Board of Education and set policies impacting K-12 schools.

With current Lt. Governor Dan Forest seeking election as Governor, both the Republican and Democratic Primaries for individuals seeking to fill his open seat were crowded. Unofficial election results show that Mark Robinson (R) pulled an upset in his crowded field to emerge with more than 30% of the vote, preventing a runoff with other Republicans in the race. On the Democratic ticket, it appears the frontrunner, current State Rep. Yvonne Holley (D-Wake) will face a runoff with current State Sen. Terry Van Duyn (D-Buncombe) for the right to oppose Robinson in the General Election.

Unless a recount changes current unofficial results in the Democratic Primary for State Treasurer, frontrunner Ronnie Chatterji, a Duke University professor and economist, will face off in November with incumbent State Treasurer Dale Folwell (R).

In other key primary races, North Carolinians provided their choices for President, U.S. Senator, NC House of Representatives, NC Senate, and several local races in many counties, including board of education, county commissioner, register of deeds and others.

To learn more about the Primary Election results, key November races, and the political climate for issues affecting K-12 education next January, register now for NCASA’s Conference in Wilmington and be sure to attend our Legislative Breakfast at 7 a.m. on March 27, as well as our Candidates Forum ending at 12:15 p.m.

Katherine Joyce