ROCKINGHAM — Four candidates for the Richmond County Board of Education wasted no time in filing to run for office.
Democrats Pam Easterling and Irene Aiken seek reelection on the board, while Democrat Bobbie Sue Ormsby and Unaffiliated T.K. Thrower also seeks a spot on the board.
Easterling will be running for her fourth four-year term on the board, which pays $225 per month. Easterling believes that her knowledge, skills and experience will be beneficial to the residents and students of Richmond County. She holds a stance against the common core standards.
“I believe in standards, accountability and testing for the students in the county, but don’t make it harder than it should be,” Easterling said.
Her strongest interest is to continue to serve the county and the students that reside here.
Aiken, who currently serves as vice-chair of the board, also wishes to continue to serve the residents of Richmond County. She considers herself to be a product of Richmond County schools, and she currently serves as a professor at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke to help teach current and future teachers of Richmond County.
“Most importantly, I am the parent of a Richmond County middle school student, and experience each day the joys, difficulties and situations other parents experience,” Aiken said in a press release to The Daily Journal.
For Ormsby, this is the first time she has ever run for the board. She worked 37 years in education before retiring last year. Despite having just retired, she wants to continue working in education. Ormsby has had experience as a teacher, an assistant principal and as a principal.
“I love Richmond County and I love the children here,” Ormsby said. “I have the time, and I want to do what I can to promote and help the schools here in Richmond County.”
Thrower has had close to 40 years experience in the area of education including in both the public and private sectors. He has been a teacher, assistant principal and a principal of schools here in Richmond County. He has been a resident of the county since 1967.
“I have been blessed with a variety of background experience and wisdom and I want to serve the community in that capacity,” Thrower said.
The candidate filing period will end at noon on Feb. 28.