July 13, 2020




Karen Carter, candidate for the Wake County School Board in District 9, is pleased to announce the formation of her campaign committee. The Karen Carter for School Board Committee consists of engaged parents and citizens with a wide range of experiences, backgrounds, and expertise.


“I have assembled an incredible group of Wake County parents and citizens that have been disappointed with the lack of leadership from our current School Board,” said Carter. “While each has their own concerns, we all strongly believe that education must be the priority in WCPSS."


Karen Carter was born and raised in Wake County. After attending Wake County schools, she graduated from Meredith College. She is an experienced, thorough, spirited, and resilient social worker and educator with over 17 years of experience in supporting, educating, and advocating for and empowering children and families.


The members of the Karen Carter for School Board Committee are:

Rachel Ayscue – Videographer


Rachael became involved in the fight for better education when MVP math was introduced several years ago. As she learned more about the school system, she noticed trends in manipulating arts programs to suit magnet population desires of the board. As a parent of two high school kids, she supports Karen and her focus on putting children’s educational well-being first and foremost. 


Allison Backhouse – Advisor


Allison is a long-time school activist who fought for choice in mandatory year-round assignments and believes parents should have a strong voice in the education of their children in WCPSS.  She has worked on multiple campaigns for members of the Wake County BOE.


Chase Brady – Research Specialist


Two years ago Chase fought reassignment from schools that her kids could walk to. Ultimately the reassignment plan was approved and what she learned during that period was that this school board rarely listens to families' concerns or acts in the best interest of kids. As a mother of five children, Chase wants to help Karen, a candidate that will truly listen to parent concerns and will be a strong leader with no agenda other than to help our kids succeed.

Sandy Joiner – Campaign Manager


Sandy has had three sons in the Wake County Public School System. She volunteered as the parent Board Advisory Committee representative for three years and influenced several far-reaching student reassignment plans. She also volunteered on multiple Cary Town Council member’s election campaigns. Most recently, she worked diligently against the MVP math curriculum that is having a negative effect on student achievement and morale.


Pamela Lauchengco - Treasurer


Pamela is a mother of 4 kids in Wake County Schools.  She has been a strong advocate for improving student experiences and supports Karen’s goal of bringing a curriculum that challenges and empowers all students in Wake County.


Dr. Tracy Taylor – Advisor


Tracy is the mother of two kids in the Wake County Public School System. She was the Board Advisory Committee representative for the BAC9 for five years at Salem Middle School and has been on the WCPSS School Health Advisory Council since 2014. Tracy has challenged multiple reassignment plans.


For more information about Karen’s campaign, please see the Karen Carter for Wake County School Board Facebook page, karen4wake.comkaren4wake on Instagram, and @Karen4wake on Twitter.