Candidate Huey featured in HP Enterprise article 1/18/08

 Kudos to Katisha Hayes for the excellent coverage in today’s High Point Enterprise…

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**Early candidate emerges for school board seat**

BY KATISHA HAYES

ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER

 
The image “https://i0.wp.com/erikhuey.wordpress.com/avatar/erikhuey-128.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. The image “https://i1.wp.com/a252.ac-images.myspacecdn.com/images01/13/m_5f1bbd7fabcb1be4c9287409547905fb.jpg” cannot be displayed, because it contains errors. GUILFORD COUNTY – A word-of mouth campaign that began more than a year ago is starting to pay off for an early candidate for the school board. Erik Huey began in December of 2006 campaigning for one of the at-large seats up for grabs on the Guilford County Board of Education.

The early exposure has enabled this “one-man band” to stave off the competition and pick up a faction of supporters all across the county.

  “From my family to friends to total strangers I meet when I’m out and about and wearing my campaign button, everyone is asking about the campaign and what they can do to help,” said Huey, who has created a Web site and daily blog as part of the election race. The site has logged 22,000 visits and more than 100 readers view his blogs each day.

Safer schools, a new teacher whistle-blower policy and better handling of school system finances are top priorities in his platform. “This is a system that bleeds money,” he said.

A former journalist and teacher, Huey, 36, says it’s time for the “established political machine” to hand over the “reins” so there can be new voices and new leadership in the county. “I think if that happens, you will see a lot of change occur at the grass-roots level. Not only in our schools, but our city and county governments,” Huey said.

He officially will file for the at-large seat (District 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 seats also are up for grabs) when the filing period begins in February. He hopes to step into a position long served by veteran board member Dot Kearns. It is not clear whether Kearns will run for another term.

“In full respect to Dot, she has served the people and citizens of Guilford County for a number of years and she served the community with the highest esteem … but it’s time for new blood to show leadership in Guilford County,” said Huey, who wrote for a number of publications, including The High Point Enterprise and the Triad Business News, before entering the teaching profession in 2005. The Chicago native moved to North Carolina in 2000. He currently resides in north Jamestown with his wife, Jennifer, and their 7-year old daughter, Alexandra.

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E.C. 🙂

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