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Wake County Mayors Support Erv for County Commission

Wake county is rural and urban, cities and farms. Wake’s leaders are Republicans, Independents and Democrats.

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

Our mayors are trusted to run our cities and towns, and they know we need more solutions and less politics in local office. That’s why they Support Erv Portman for Wake County Board District 4 – elected countywide.

Join those who know firsthand:

  • Holly Springs Mayor Dick Sears
  • Rolesville Mayor Frank Eagles
  • Knightdale Mayor James Robeson
  • Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane
  • Zebulon Mayor Bob Matheny
  • Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht
  • Garner Mayor Ronnie Williams
  • Wake Forest Mayor Vivian Jones

Explore the site to learn what a vote for Erv as county commissioner does for us all. Vote for Erv on May 8.

Elementary school student works on homework.

Fundamental School Funding Reform

When I ran for County Commission in 2016, I promised to work toward a multi-year school funding plan. Longer planning would reduce budget fights, toxic blaming, and, instead, focus on accomplishment.

I’m happy to say the entire Board of Commissioners has adopted this as one of the top goals for 2018. For too long our community has watched an annual March Madness. Not college basketball, but a recurring fight between the school board and county commissioners.

Each year the needs exceed the funds available. An annual budget fight does not serve our students, teachers, or taxpayers well. We can do better. We will do better.

Our plan calls for a simple three-step approach to improve school funding:

  1. Fund every student, based on actual—not projected—enrollment.
  2. Allow for an annual adjustment to the per student amount to cover inflation offset by productivity.
  3. Remain open to improvements and consider increased funding with a clear proposal from the school board showing costs and benefits of the plan.

Clarity of the costs and benefits—and ensuring existing resources cannot be reprioritized—will be key to any additional investments by the county.

This simple and straightforward plan eliminates much of the annual confusion. Which, in turn, allows our leaders to focus on improving Wake County schools for our students.

Change that better serves the entire community.

With this plan, our county is committing to increased funding as we grow. Funding becomes more predictable and can be planned for in a responsible way. Just like we all plan our family’s budget: Carefully and with thought about what we can afford to do.

This plan helps our school board better plan how they can manage our schools, prioritize needs, while respecting our communities ability to pay for all of our growing needs.

It’s the responsible thing to do, and sure beats the annual fights we have all lived through for decades. Working together we can better serve our students and teachers for decades to come.


Join Us For a Reception in Support of Erv’s Re-Election Campaign

Please join our local leaders in Supporting Erv Portman’s Re-election Campaign for a reception “Springtime in the Garden”!

Sunday April 29th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm
at the home of
Jack Nichols  and Carol Spruil
2501 Kenmore Drive
Raleigh, 27608

Event Sponsors: $2500, $1000, $500, $250
Couple: $125
Individual: $75

RSVP here or or call 919-924-6100

If you are unable to attend, be part of the campaign by making a contribution today.

Paid for by Citizens for Erv Portman

Campaign Kick-off for Erv’s Re-Election to Wake County Board

Please join our local leaders in supporting Erv Portman’s re-election campaign at our reception “Springtime Above Lake Lochmere”!

Wednesday March 21st
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.

Al and Pam Swanstrom
207 Lochview Drive
Cary, NC 27518

Event Sponsors: $2500, $1000, $500, $250
Couple: $125
Individual: $75

Interested in learning more about what Erv has done as our Wake County Commissioner? RSVP today here or call (919) 924-6100 and join us for the campaign kick-off event!

If you are unable to attend, be part of the campaign by making a contribution today.

Paid for by Citizens for Erv Portman

Erv files for re-election on the Wake Board of Commissioners


In 2014 Wake Voters elected a new County board. In 2016 I was elected to join that team. Since then we have accomplished a great amount in our effort to make Wake county one of the best places to live in the nation.

  • The promise was better funding for schools, the result was an increase from $327 million in 2014 to $430 million in 2018 for a 32% increase in annual support for our public schools. (26% per student)
  • The promise was better teacher pay, the result has been a 41% increase in the local supplement over the state pay scale, bringing Wake county teachers to the highest paid in the state, and near the national average. More to do here but a good start.
  • The promise was better planning for growth, the result is a rolling 7 year construction plan to add $2.1 billion in new and renovated schools for the future. Annual local funding in construction is up 50% over 2014. Never before has our community done more for our school system.
  • The promise was a new transit plan, the result is a countywide vote to make it a reality, and the implementation of expanded bus service and the development of bus rapid transit.
  • The promise was parks and open space to protect the natural beauty of this place before it’s is lost forever to development. The result is an active parks and greenway long range plan and the funding of several new parks and critical greenway connections to allow our citizens active recreation and a natural way to stay healthy and enjoy the outdoors.
  • The promise was to focus on citizens most in need, and the result is the completion of the counties affordable housing plan, and a real commitment to support more affordable housing options.
  • The promise was new jobs and the results is a vibrant community with great new employers opening up right here in Wake County. Each year we are cited by experts around the nation as one of the best places to live in all the nation.

By every measure we have much to be thankful for.

As one of seven commissioners I understand the stewardship responsibility you have placed in me. I promise to you that I will always do my homework, review all the facts and details, question every proposal and be sure all options are considered before we spend your money. I will be responsive to your needs and listen to all.  In the end I will only support those requests that will leave a legacy we can all be proud of.

That’s the job, leave it better than we found it.

I hope you agree we have been good stewards, and I hope to retain you support to continue to serve all of Wake county as one of your county commissioners.


Erv Portman

Thank You for your support in this election




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.



Erv Portman





The INDY Endorses Erv


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


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


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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

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