Keith Sutton pledges to be a Wake school board leader

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New Wake County school board member Keith Sutton pledged today to be a leader who will be a strong advocate for the school system.

Sutton said that "despite being recognized as one of the best school systems in the nation," Wake was "one of the best kept secrets in the state." He said Wake can't afford to lose the progress it has made.

Sutton was sworn in this afternoon to fill the District 4 vacancy in Southeast Raleigh caused by Rosa Gill being appointed to Dan Blue's seat in the state House.

Sutton said he will be a strong advocate for special-education students. He said he brings "a fresh approach" and "a little political saavy" to his new position.

Sutton was president of the Triangle Urban League. In 2008, he served as an outreach director for Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign and as a political director for the N.C. Democratic Party.

He currently is legislative affairs program manager for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, which is a lobbying position.

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