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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.



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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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.”


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.

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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.