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Creative Loafing Alum Running for North Carolina Superintendent of Public Instruction 

A Creative Loafing alum and education professional announced her candidacy for the North Carolina State Superintendent of Public Instruction in 2020.

"This is the office I have prepared for throughout my life and all of my experiences lead me to the duties of this position," said a press release from Candace Lav Johnson.

Johnson graduated from Livingstone College, an HBCU where she studied classical music and worked in the Sociology Department. She went on to be a graduate assistant to Dr. Velma Speight at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Speight was a North Carolina Teacher of the Year, and is described by Johnson as the "pride of A&T State University."

"I am an Educator and Consultant for leaders, followed by more than 4000 official leaders of organizations, churches, and in elected office on social media, and an advocate and counselor for teachers and parents seeking academic excellence from students," Johnson said. "For the past 10 years I have been Education/Government Activist. I am Publisher of CityPolitical Magazine. CityPolitical educates people around the nation on the processes of government and keeps them abreast of educational programs and voting information that empowers citizens and builds neighborhoods. It is source for current political news."

Johnson is licensed in school counseling in North Carolina, among other states.

"If elected, I will serve this state with honor and dedication to ensure that the poor and wealthy are given all that we can provide to ensure equal educational opportunities that advance their careers. I will work closely with Governor Cooper and the NC General Assembly to develop new innovative ways to fund our teachers pay, benefits, and incentives. I will dedicate myself to revitalizing and modernizing the designs and construction of public schools, in addition to updating courses, ethics, and safety to rebuild and repopulate."
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