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Darren is a lifelong resident of eastern Wake County, father of three, small-town attorney, and small businessman.  He and his wife Tina, a nurse practitioner with Cary Cardiology, live near the Shotwell community outside of Knightdale.  Public schools played a critical role in Darren’s life.  He attended public elementary and middle schools in eastern Wake, East Wake High School, and UNC-Chapel Hill where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in political science (Class of 1993).  Darren then earned his law degree from Duke University and passed the Bar in 1996.


When he completed his education, Darren practiced law in Zebulon with Gay & Stroud.  When Donna Stroud left to serve on the bench in 2004, the firm became Gay & Jackson.  Darren's small-town general practice focused on residential real estate and civil litigation.


Considering his deep eastern Wake roots, it’s no surprise that Darren has always been very active in the community.  He has served as a mentor in the Communities in Schools program at East Wake Middle and as a Vice President of the East Wake Education Foundation.