Senator Michael Garrett Files Bill to End Partisan School Board Elections: The House also filed a companion bill with bipartisan sponsorship
Raleigh, NC – Senator Michael Garrett of District 27 in Guilford County today filed Senate Bill 132, which will make Guilford Board of Education elections nonpartisan. This is a local bill, affecting only Guilford County. The Board of Education elections have been partisan since a law change, sponsored by Garrett’s predecessor Senator Trudy Wade, passed in 2013.
“Our schools and classrooms should be focused on our children, not politics,” said Garrett after the filing. “The goal of every family in Guilford County is to ensure their kids have a world-class education. I believe correcting this mistake will facilitate more collaboration in addressing the needs of our families.”
Senator Gladys Robinson of Senate District 28 joined Senator Garrett as a primary sponsor on SB132.
Four members of the Guilford County Legislative Delegation also filed a companion bill in the House of Representatives (HB182) with the same language as SB132. The primary sponsors were Representatives Jon Hardister (Dist. 59), John Faircloth (Dist. 62), Amos L. Quick, III (Dist. 58), and Ashton Clemmons (Dist. 57). Representative Pricey Harrison (Dist. 61) also joined as a co-sponsor on the bill.
Senator Garrett, who was sworn-in to his first term earlier this year, represents the 27th NC Senate District, which is located entirely in Guilford County and includes all or part of Greensboro, High Point, Summerfield, Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Pleasant Garden, Jamestown, Colfax, and surrounding communities.