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State Rep. Paul Stam backing Wake County school bond referendum

One of the top Republican lawmakers in the state is supporting this fall’s $810 million Wake County school bond referendum.

State House Speaker Pro Tem Paul Stam, an Apex Republican, said Thursday he supports the bond. His district includes some of the fastest-growing areas in Wake that would get new school seats under the bond issue.

Stam said he wanted to make it clear that not all Republicans in Wake are against the bond referendum.

Stam's position puts him at odds with the executive committee of the Wake County Republican Party, which voted 17-16 on Monday to oppose the school bond.

Several Wake Republicans are backing the school bond, including all four GOP members of the county board of commissioners and all three GOP members of the school board.

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