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November 8, 2016

5:47 pm

Cary, North Carolina

The ads have been run, the issues discussed. As this race draws to a close this evening, I want to say that running for public office is an honor and a privilege.

I want to thank Mr. Kenn Gardner,  for also running a professional campaign .

 

Once again those of us in local office can show that politics need not be nasty nor disrespectful. On the contrary it should help to inform the public on the issues, and the public can inform the candidates of the solutions.  In doing this we all learn and see more clearly what needs to be done.

 

I look forward to learning the decision made by the voters of Wake County this evening. I appreciate the support I have received from so many in our community. We have a great place here in Wake County and I know we all share the desire to take care of it, and be sure we grow better not just more crowded.

 

Respectfully,

Erv Portman

 

 

 

 

Wake Leaders back Erv for county Board

Wakes leaders are republican, independent and democrat.

They don’t always agree on every  issue, but a majority of our Mayors agree that Erv Portman is their choice for Wake County Board District 4

Join those who know… we need more planning  and less  partisan politics in local office. Support Erv Portman for Wake County Board District 4 – elected countywide.

A bipartisan majority of Wake county mayors  join a majority of Wake commissioners and school board members who support returning Erv to the county board.

Respected, Responsible Leadership with Results

Learn why they support Erv

Wake Mayors For Erv

Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams

Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears

Knightdale Mayor James Roberson

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles

Wake Forest Mayor Vivian A. Jones

 

Wake County –  City and  Town Council Members who support Erv

Apex Council Member Bill Jensen

Apex Council Member Nicole Dozier

Cary Council Member Ed Yehra

Cary Council Member Lori Bush

Cary Council Member Jennifer Robinson

Cary Council  Member Ken George

Fuquay Varina Commissioner Jason Wunsch

Morrisville Council Member Michael Schlink

Morrisville Council Member TJ Crawley

Morrisville Council Member Vicki  Scroggins – Johnson

Morrisville Council Member Steve Rao

Morrisville Council Member Liz Johnson

Raleigh Council Member Russ Stephenson

Raleigh Council Member Kay Crowder

Fuquay – Varina Commissioner Jason Wunsch

 

Wake County School Board members supporting Erv for County Board,

  • Tom Benton, Chair
  • Monika Johnson-Hostler, Vice-chair
  • Kevin L. Hill 
  • Keith Sutton 
  • Jim Martin
  • Christine Kushner
  • Zora Felton
  • Susan P. Evans

Here are some thoughts on why these commissioners and school board members have come forward to support me.

Tom Benton – Chair Wake School Board,  “Erv has always been a supporter of strong public schools in Wake County. He has expressed some innovative ideas about funding that are worth examining.”

Jim Martin – Wake County Board of Education, District 5, –  “I have known Erv Portman for more than 15 years as a wise business leader, an effective public servant and a friend.   He both values and understands the diverse communities of Wake County.  I know that as a County Commissioner he will be a great partner as we work to advance public education in our county.”

Wake County Commissioner’s Endorse Erv

Wake has a great county board and I am proud to be endorsed by so many of those serving.

On making his endorsement of Erv, Commissioner Sig Hutchinson said “Erv has the experience and knowledge as a former Commissioner and Cary Town Council Member, to continue moving Wake County forward supporting public education,   job creation and a safe and clean environment. As a longtime friend and colleague, I have the greatest amount of respect and appreciation for Erv and look forward to serving with him as a Wake County Commissioner.”

Wake County is the second fastest growing large county in America. That growth places challenges that we must face. Erv will work with the rest of the board to make sure we build new schools to better keep up with growth. He will work to protect the natural beauty of Wake County, by preserving open space, parks and greenways for future generations to enjoy. He will protect our lakes and be sure we keep our drinking water clean and pure. That’s why these commissioners who know the job, know Erv will help them make our county better.

district2Matt Calabria – Wake county Commissioner, – “Erv is a committed, passionate advocate for what our community needs: strong schools, a healthy environment, and a vibrant economy. A small business owner and longtime public servant, Erv’s impressive track record more than speaks for itself. His forward–thinking leadership will serve the county well.”

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Sig Hutchinson – Vice Chair, Wake County Commission, – “Erv has the  experience and knowledge as a previously serving Commissioner and former Cary Town Council Member,  to continue moving Wake County forward supporting public education, job creation and a safe and clean environment. As a longtime friend and colleague, I have the greatest amount of respect and appreciation for Erv and look forward to serving with him as a Wake County Commissioner. “

 

Erv asks for your support to keep Wake county one of the best places in the nation to live work and play.

Endorsements show respect, and confidence.  They trust I understand the issues, will do my homework, share my thoughts clearly and listen to others and only after this, then make the best decisions possible.

But in the end the most important endorsements come from the citizens of Wake County.

I hope you will check out my website and learn about the issues and my thoughts and share yours.  I hope to earn the most important endorsement any candidate can win, your vote in this election.

Erv

 

 

 

 

 

Wake School Board members Endorse Erv

Wake school board members join a majority of Wake mayors and County commissioners to back Erv in this election.

 

grandkids-on-a-walkEach generation has the responsibility to educate the next. Our parents and grandparents did it for us and now it’s our turn to do our part.

I know this to be true and I know we can do a better job in this important work.
As we grow we need to do a better job of building new schools before the current ones get so overcrowded that we have to cap enrollment. We need to respect the design of the school, so we don’t make our kids eat lunch when its not lunchtime. We need to build schools with room to grow, not overcrowded the day they open. Our job is to create optimal learning environments so students can thrive. We need to find new and creative ways to do this important work.

Cooperation and Transparency

To do this we have to work together, for far too long our school board and county board has been at odds with each other. Recently our boards have made progress in better cooperation, this is good, but there is more to do.

As we grow we need to honor our commitment to taxpayers to provide the services they are paying for. New residents pay taxes and expect there to be a seat for their children in our schools.

iStock_000035232358_XXXLarge-WEBWe will spend billions in school construction over the next few years, we need to be sure we are getting good value for the money we spend. That’s why I support improved transparency reporting so citizens can see our cost per student and per square foot for each and every school, and compare it to the costs in other areas of the country. With this transparency citizens can be confident we are managing their money well and getting good value for their hard earned tax dollars.

A multiyear rolling plan

I support a 5-8 year rolling plan that will match enrollment growth with capacity. No plan will ever be perfect, but it should reflect our best judgement from both the schoolboard and the county board, on that there should be no disagreement.

Then we need to stage the plan, the first 2 years are in construction, the next 2 years in land acquisition and the latter years are for planning debt and financing capacity. By doing this we can review it each year, update it with new information, fine tune the details and extend it another year. That’s what our citizens expect from us.

In North Carolina we stand out from the rest of the nation. Here only the County Commissioners are responsible for constructing schools, it is the majority of our tax revenue and our largest financial responsibility. Good planning, cooperation and a shared vision are key to any good long range plan.

Broad based community support

I am encouraged by the broad based community support I have received in this race. A majority of Wake county mayors, republican, democrat and independents have come forward to back my candidacy. Most of the current county board has endorsed by race, and today a strong majority of the Wake county school board stands with me to support my race to serve all of Wake citizens on the county board. These are the leaders that Wake voters have trusted to represent them in local offices. They know how important the job of a county board commissioner is to their success, and that is why I am so encouraged by their support.

Wake County School Board members supporting Erv for County Board,

  • Tom Benton, Chair
  • Monika Johnson-Hostler, Vice-chair
  • Kevin L. Hill 
  • Keith Sutton 
  • Jim Martin
  • Christine Kushner
  • Zora Felton
  • Susan P. Evans

Here are some thoughts on why these commissioners and school board members have come forward to support me.

Tom Benton – Chair Wake School Board,  “Erv has always been a supporter of strong public schools in Wake County. He has expressed some innovative ideas about funding that are worth examining.”

Jim Martin – Wake County Board of Education, District 5, –  “I have known Erv Portman for more than 15 years as a wise business leader, an effective public servant and a friend.   He both values and understands the diverse communities of Wake County.  I know that as a County Commissioner he will be a great partner as we work to advance public education in our county.”

Endorsements show respect, and confidence.  They trust I understand the issues, will do my homework, share my thoughts clearly and listen to others and only after this, then make the best decisions possible.

But in the end the most important endorsements come from the citizens of Wake County.

I hope you will check out my website and learn about the issues and my thoughts and share yours.  I hope to earn the most important endorsement any candidate can win, your vote in this election.

 

Erv

 

The INDY Endorses Erv

WAKE COUNTY

Wake County Board of Commissioners, District 4

Erv Portman
erv-front-porchKenn Gardner and Erv Portman have both served on the county commission. Only Portman deserves a return trip.

Portman’s short stint on the commission—a year lasting from 2011–12, when he left to run for state Senate—came at a time when it was controlled by Republicans. Portman fought for public transportation improvements, and since leaving the commission, he’s spoken out for better funding for schools.

Gardner, an architect by trade, served eight years on the board and stresses bipartisanship, something he believes is lacking on the unanimously Democratic board. But Gardner opposes the transit referendum and also supported the legislature’s gerrymander of county commission districts, which was ruled unconstitutional by a federal court.

We don’t love the idea of unanimous Democratic control, either. But on the merits, Portman is the best choice.

Raleigh REALTORS support Erv

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October 14th, 2016

Dear Mr. Portman,

I am pleased to inform you that the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS® has decided to support your candidacy for Wake County Board of Commissioners in the 2016 elections. Holding public office is no small task, and we entrust you with the responsibility of continuing to build Wake County into a vibrant community that allows our citizens to thrive.

Raleigh Realtors back Erv for County Board
Raleigh Realtors back Erv for County Board

On behalf of the Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®, thank you for your dedication to run for public office, and we wish you all the best as the November 8th elections approach. We encourage you to work with our Association to build a better community for your constituents, both current and future.

 

Best Regards,

Mark Parker

President, Raleigh Regional Association of REALTORS®

111 Realtors Way, Cary, NC 27523 • P: 919.654.5400 • F: 919.654.5401 • www.RRAR.com

“IT’S GOOD TO BE HOME IN THE RALEIGH REGION”

Learn More about Erv and the issues here

NewsandObserver Endorses Erv

Portman lives in  District 4 – running county wide at large
campaign-logo-erv-portman-county-commissionDemocrat Erv Portman, 57, a Cary businessman, has been a Wake commissioner and a Cary Town Council member and seeks to return to the board representing a southern/central portion of the county. He is a partner with his wife in WestStar Precision, which makes products for the aerospace and medical fields. Portman would be comfortable with his pro-public education, pro-environmental protection, careful growth positions with the other progressives on the commissioners. He’s a smart, engaging person who seems open to the ideas of those who may disagree with him on some issues.

And Portman’s public service has been marked by his outreach to constituents, something he could be expected to continue as a commissioner.

Republican Kenn Gardner, 58, served from 2000-2008 as a Wake commissioner, and also has made an unsuccessful run for North Carolina secretary of state. Gardner’s a pretty mainstream conservative, a reasonable enough voice in debate. He’s an architect and lives in Raleigh. That he previously served multiple terms on the board may indicate he looked after constituents’ interests, which is good. But the current group of commissioners has momentum in terms of making Wake a more progressive, active, imaginative (bike trails, public transit) kind of place. We believe Portman would be inclined to be part of that movement.

 
Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/opinion/editorials/article107482722.html#storylink=cpy

Support Erv here

 

Wake County Commissioners join Mayors to Endorse Erv

Wake County Commissioner’s Endorse Erv

Wake has a great county board and I am proud to be endorsed by so many of those serving.

On making his endorsement of Erv, Commissioner Sig Hutchinson said “Erv has the experience and knowledge as a former Commissioner and Cary Town Council Member, to continue moving Wake County forward supporting public education,   job creation and a safe and clean environment. As a longtime friend and colleague, I have the greatest amount of respect and appreciation for Erv and look forward to serving with him as a Wake County Commissioner.”

Wake County is the second fastest growing large county in America. That growth places challenges that we must face. Erv will work with the rest of the board to make sure we build new schools to better keep up with growth. He will work to protect the natural beauty of Wake County, by preserving open space, parks and greenways for future generations to enjoy. He will protect our lakes and be sure we keep our drinking water clean and pure. That’s why these commissioners who know the job, know Erv will help them make our county better.

district2Matt Calabria – Wake county Commissioner, – “Erv is a committed, passionate advocate for what our community needs: strong schools, a healthy environment, and a vibrant economy. A small business owner and longtime public servant, Erv’s impressive track record more than speaks for itself. His forward–thinking leadership will serve the county well.”

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Sig Hutchinson – Vice Chair, Wake County Commission, – “Erv has the  experience and knowledge as a previously serving Commissioner and former Cary Town Council Member,  to continue moving Wake County forward supporting public education, job creation and a safe and clean environment. As a longtime friend and colleague, I have the greatest amount of respect and appreciation for Erv and look forward to serving with him as a Wake County Commissioner. “

These commissioners join a majority of Wake County Mayors who have also endorsed Erv to serve on the county Board.

to learn more about Erv and the issues  click here

Erv is Endorsed by

  • Commissioner Matt Calabria
  • Commissioner Jessica Holmes
  • Commissioner John Burns
  • Commissioner Betty Lou Ward
  • Commissioner James West
  • Commissioner Sig Hutchinson

 

Wake Mayors Endorse Erv for County Board

A Majority of Wake Mayors Support Erv
A Majority of Wake Mayors Support Erv

Wake county is rural and urban, cities and farms.

Wakes leaders are republican, independent and democrat.

They don’t always agree on every  issue, but a majority of our Mayors agree that Erv Portman is their choice for Wake County Board District 4

Join those who know… we need more planning  and less  partisan politics in local office. Support Erv Portman for Wake County Board District 4 – elected countywide.

Respected, Responsible Leadership with Results

Learn why they support Erv

Wake Mayors For Erv

Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht

Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams

Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears

Knightdale Mayor James Roberson

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane

Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles

Wake Forest Mayor Vivian A. Jones

 

Wake County –  City and  Town Council Members who support Erv

Apex Council Member Bill Jensen

Apex Council Member Nicole Dozier

Cary Council Member Ed Yehra

Cary Council Member Lori Bush

Cary Council Member Jennifer Robinson

Cary Council  Member Ken George

Fuquay Varina Commissioner Jason Wunsch

Morrisville Council Member Michael Schlink

Morrisville Council Member TJ Crawley

Morrisville Council Member Vicki  Scroggins – Johnson

Morrisville Council Member Steve Rao

Morrisville Council Member Liz Johnson

Raleigh Council Member Russ Stephenson

Raleigh Council Member Kay Crowder

Fuquay – Varina Commissioner Jason Wunsch

 

 

Triangle Labor Council Endorses Erv for Wake County Board

aflcio_logo_grey5bI am pleased to announce that my campaign has received the endorsement from  the Triangle Labor Council NC AFL-CIO. Their members serve us all in so many ways each day, I look forward to serving them on the County Board.

To date my campaign has been endorsed by community leaders, business owners, the Sierra Club, the Police Benevolent Association, southeast Raleigh Wake Citizen Association (RWCA M-PAC).  This broad based cross section of our community support shows that we can govern in a way that respects all, and listens to all before we decide what to do.

 

 

 

 

North Carolina Association of Educators endorses Erv

The North Carolina Association of Educators has endorsed my race for the Wake county board.

I know the important work that this organization does in advocating for our teachers in the classroom. I am proud that they stand with me in this race, and I look forward to my name being added to their  “apple card” of endorsed candidates. Many voters rely on this list to know who will protect and defend high quality education for our children and grandchildren. I know that it has always been each generations responsibility to educate the next. I know we can do better and look forward to helping us improve.