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New Wake commissioners to hit ground running

Posted November 30, 2014
Updated December 1, 2014

— Four new Wake County commissioners will be sworn in on Monday, and they plan to immediately focus on two key issues.

“We heard the voters in November and what they said is they want to move forward on public education, start working with school board,” Sig Hutchinson said. “They want to move forward on transit.”

Hutchinson, along with Matt Calabria, Jessica Holmes and John Burns, defeated opponents Joe Bryan, Phil Matthews, Rich Gianni and Paul Coble, respectively, in last month's election. The entire Wake County Board of Commissioners will be in the hands of a single party for the first time in recent memory.

Incumbent Caroline Sullivan is looking forward to discussing transit options with citizens, including the possibility of a rail system.

“A week from tomorrow, we'll have our first transit meeting and hopefully we'll have a lot of public involvement and comment,” she said.

Hutchinson said commissioners plan to meet with Wake County Board of Education members in the near future. Relations between the two boards have been frosty in recent years as they bickered over education spending and control of school construction and maintenance.

Much of the upcoming discussions will center around funding, but Hutchinson acknowledges that commissioners don’t have all the answers.

“We're just starting with those types of issues, and the first step from the public school perspective is sitting down with the school board, listening to them and developing a long-term plan,” he said.

Hutchinson said all perspectives will be heard, even with the board of commissioners being all Democrats.

“Every voice will be heard and every view will be represented as we move into 2015,” he said.


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  • theliberadicator Dec 2, 2014

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    You are correct, but many did vote. It's just that the rich liberals showed up with a few more. Now they will decree how the rest of us are to think and how much we are to pay. In the name of fairness of course.

    The only good news coming in the next few years for citizens, you'll be so fed up and broke by the next election that you'll be drooling to vote them out. Right voters. Winkie winkie.

  • stymieindurham Dec 1, 2014

    Two facts here. If you didn't want them in office you should'a voted!!! Next, it is my opinion that the only folks supporting this bunch are probably NOT effected by their coming taxes.

  • Alexia Proper Dec 1, 2014
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    Why would the MAJORITY of people in Wake County want a mass transit system? You do realize how large this county is, right?

    Who has a great public transportation system? Paris does, right? They have buses and subways all over Paris. There are 40 sq miles in Paris.

    Wake County? 857 square miles. You could fit the city of Paris inside the county 21 times!

    That kind of cost cannot be supported. As much as you might not like it, I do not think the MAJORITY want to pay for the cost of a proper mass transit system. The one we have now is already expensive and under-utilized.

    In my opinion, it makes more sense to grow the public transit from the city center out, charging fees to pay for service and growth over time. If people like it, they'll use and pay for it.

  • thinkin out loud Dec 1, 2014

    One more reason I am glad I got out of Wake County.

  • Red Baird Dec 1, 2014
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    Respectable jobs, museums, culture, prosperity, modern infrastructure, higher property values, yeah I can see how “ruined” the area has become.

  • miseem Dec 1, 2014

    All we need to do is look at the efficient Post Office, Obamacare, Social Security, Medicare, Federal Government with 18 trillion in debt. Let's bring it to a more local level.

    So let's just get rid of all that and rely on private industry to look after our welfare. Let's eliminate EPA, education funding, OHSA, FDA and several of those other alphabet federal agencies. And why stop there. Let's get rid of the same programs at the state, county and city level. After all, the people on my street know what they want and need more than someone sitting in an office downtown. We can contract with private industry then. We know what a bang up job they do without any government interference. But let's not do that until they widen the highway and bridges I use every day.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 1, 2014

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    You mean the majority of the transplants that have ruined Wake County.

  • disgusted2010 Dec 1, 2014

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    Planes leaving daily from RDU. Do you hate everything about the US?

  • ss3510 Dec 1, 2014

    Folks should wake up to the fact that you're being fleeced by the Corporate leaders (of BOTH parties) who steal Tax Money to enrich themselves.

    Alan Greenspan said, "Bill Clinton is the best Republican President we have had in a long time."

    Wake Up Folks! Your taxes keep going up; while the wealthy keep getting tax cuts.

  • ss3510 Dec 1, 2014

    Democrats Clean Sweep of Wake County. Bye, Bye Republicons. Ya'll should Move to Johnston County.