The Norfolk school board election is garnering keen local interest as the 14 candidates canvass the city for the five open board seats, but from national political groups. Earlier today, Ascend PAC, a political action committee focused on investing in emerging, local, Democratic candidates, announced their endorsement of Nicole Carry, candidate for the Ward 1 seat on the Norfolk School Board.
“Nicole Carry is an inspiring leader whose passion for serving her community is already changing Norfolk,” said Ascend Co-Founder David Burd. “Nicole spent the first part of her career in the Navy, supporting a number of NATO operations and later being stationed in Norfolk, on one of the first series of combatant ships that deployed women. After her time in the Navy, Nicole made Norfolk her home and has built a career there, working with school districts, government agencies and companies to enhance how they use technology. She has become a leader in her community, founding Norfolk Forward, an organization that promotes smart use of technology in enhancing city life, serving on the LGBT chamber of commerce, and being appointed on an interim basis to the Norfolk City Council. Her work has prepared her to tackle the challenges and opportunities in Norfolk’s Public Schools, and we know she will be a leading voice on the School Board.”
“I’m delighted to receive Ascend PAC’s endorsement,” said Carry. “Norfolk has boundless potential. Our schools can lead the way into a bright and prosperous future for our city. I am ready to get to work and serve our city on Norfolk School Board, and Ascend PAC’s endorsement and financial support will certainly help me get there.”
In addition to today’s endorsement from Ascend PAC, Carry has been endorsed by Senator Lynwood Lewis, Norfolk City Councilwoman Andria McClelland, Delegate Stephen Heretick, Thomas Calhoun of the Norfolk Federation of Teachers and the Educational Association of Norfolk’s Political Action Committee for Education (EAN PACE.)
Carry is among five candidates from Ascend PAC’s three target states of 2018 – Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Texas – who represent the kind of dynamic, talented candidates that are the focus of Ascend PAC’s work. These endorsements follow on the heels of an an incredibly successful 2017 election cycle that featured eight out of twelve victories, including wins in six of their eight Virginia races. Carry is also one of two openly gay candidates for the Norfolk School Board, the other being Chip Broadbent who is running for the Ward 5 seat.
Ascend PAC is a 527 political action committee aimed at identifying and providing financial support to emerging Democratic candidates running for local office, including school board, city council, mayor, and state legislature. Ascend takes an investor-oriented, future-focused approach to identifying and supporting the next generation of talent, and creating a deep bench of effective policymakers.
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