Debra Goldman – Was elected to the Wake County School Board in 2009, but is looking to abandon that seat if she can win the job as NC State Auditor.
The problem is, she has no compelling qualifications for the auditor job. She has been an EMT, Firefighter, and School Board member as the only occupational positions she lists. Her website touts vague references to “20+ Years Private Sector Business Experience” and “Experience Managing Multi-Billion Dollar Public Budgets”, but there are no bona fides for that. She alludes to no job where she would have had private sector experience. If she is a retired EMT/Firefighter, that would mean she spent quite a bit of time in a public sector job whose finances would have been controlled by the local government. As a member of the School Board, she would have voted to approve a $1 billion budget, but would not have had responsibility for creating it and only so much action, as one of nine members, to amend it. Even then, she’s only looked at a couple of those budgets in her life and apparently has no other accounting or auditing experience at all.
The greater problem is that she’s only halfway through her first term on the School Board. The ramifications of her leaving will be that 1) She left before she finished the term Republicans in Wake County elected her to do and 2) the Democrats, who are now in control of the board by a 1-vote margin, will get to appoint her replacement. With a 9-member board, that means that the Democrats get to choose a replacement that would make their majority 6-3, which is a super-majority of 2/3. While Republicans elected members like Goldman to implement ground-breaking changes to the decades-old “busing for diversity” social engineering policy of the left, the Democrats will have the votes to change it all back! And you can bet they’ll do a better job of hiding and screening this time around. Republicans may never get the Board back.
In the 2012 primary, there were five candidates, three of whom were CPAs. Goldman and Greg Dority were the only non-CPAs of the bunch. One of the candidates was Fern Shubert who has an impressive record and resume. Somehow, Goldman and Dority were the top two vote-getters and would have been scheduled for a runoff on July 17, 2012, but Dority mysteriously pulled out at the last-minute of the cutoff leaving only Goldman in the race to challenge Beth Wood (D) in November. We’re still trying to figure out who orchestrated that…
Debra Goldman graces our Wall of Shame for her patent self-interest, narcissism, and pure political opportunistic ambition who is willing to shaft all of her local supporters for decades to come for her own advancement.
UPDATE February 1, 2013: Goldman has resigned from the Wake County School Board and moved her residence to Wilkes County, supposedly to take a position with a non-profit company there. We’ll keep tabs on her to make sure that Wilkes County doesn’t give her an opening to explore her narcissistic political goals there.
For more information, see:
Goldman Resigns Wake School Board
On Debra Goldman and the Culture of Corrpution in Raleigh
Goldman Scandal – What are they thinking?
Wake School Board Member Debra Goldman Named Malone in Theft
Narrative Report from Investigators
Fallout over Goldman-Malone drama uncertain
Goldman residence source of many calls to police
Misunderstanding? Misstatement? Or worse?
N&O Keyword “Debra Goldman”
Her Own Website