With redistricting, N.C. House District 35 is essentially new and wide open, with no incumbent in residence. The Republican nominee is Chris Malone, who lives in Wake Forest and is currently a member of the Wake County school board — one of the four who remain from the erstwhile Margiotta Majority. (Now, with ex-board chair Ron Margiotta ousted, they could be known as the Malone Minority.) The Democratic nominee is former Wake school board member Lori Millberg, who lives in Wendell and who served before Margiotta & his Republican mates took control in 2009.
I just looked at the stats: District 35 is 37% registered Democrats and 37% registered Republicans, with a handful of Libertarians and the rest unaffiliated.
Should be a close contest, maybe turning on which candidate mounts the more motivated, better-organized campaign?
Which is all by way of introducing Millberg's campaign manager, Michael Evans.
Yes, he's the Michael Evans who was chief spokesman for the Wake school system when Millberg was in the majority. Evans was replaced when Margiotta's Republicans brought in Tony Tata as superintendent.
This just in from the Millberg campaign:
Millberg Names Campaign Manager for N.C. House Race
(June 21, 2012)— Lori Millberg, candidate for N.C. House District 35 today announced the addition of Michael Evans as Campaign Manager.
Evans who has 28 years of public relations, marketing and communications management experience served as Chief Communications Officer for the Wake County Public School System from 2002 until 2011. Millberg worked with Evans during her tenure on the Wake County Board of Education.
“I am thrilled to have Michael join my campaign team,” Millberg said. “His communications and organizational experience, and understanding of Wake County will be invaluable as I continue my work for the citizens of Wake County and House District 35.”
In this role, Evans will work directly with Millberg and her campaign team organizing and managing the day-to-day operations of her race to the N.C. House of Representatives for District 35. The N.C. House District 35 is a new district that encompasses parts of Northern, Northeastern and Eastern Wake County. The District also includes the towns of Rolesville, Wake Forest, and parts of Knightdale, Wendell, and Zebulon.