Wake County Schools

Wake GOP endorses five school board candidates

Posted August 16, 2011
Updated August 31, 2011

— The GOP in Wake County on Tuesday announced that it is endorsing five of the six registered Republican candidates who are running this fall for five seats on the Board of Education.

The Wake County Republican Party is endorsing Chairman Ron Margiotta, who is seeking re-election for his District 8 seat, Heather Losurdo in District 3, and Venita Peyton in District 4. The group is also endorsing Cynthia Matson, who's running for the District 5 seat, and Donna Williams, who's running for the District 6 seat.

"The party is unified around this slate, and we are looking forward to helping them achieve victory in the upcoming municipal elections this fall," Wake County Republican Party Chairwoman Susan Bryant said.

Fourteen candidates are running for five seats that are up for grabs in the Oct. 11 municipal election.

Losurdo, who is running for the north Raleigh seat, is the only candidate going against a registered Republican, Eric Squires. She also faces incumbent Kevin Hill and Jennifer Mansfield.

Margiotta is running in southern Wake County against Susan Evans.

Peyton is seeking incumbent Keith Sutton's seat in east Raleigh, while Matson is running against Jim Martin for an open seat in south-central Raleigh.

Williams is running against Christine Kushner, George Morgan and Mary Ann Weathers for the open central Raleigh seat.

The school board race is supposed to be nonpartisan but leaders of both Wake County's Republican and Democratic parties say they plan to be heavily involved in this year's race.

The Republican majority took control in 2009 with four new board members in Margiotta's camp. Republicans at least need to hold Margiotta's seat to keep control of the majority.

All of the candidates are expected to take part in a series of forums sponsored by WakeUp Wake County and the League of Women Voters.

The first one, for District 6 candidates, is set for 7 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Hudson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. (View a schedule of upcoming forums.)


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  • davidgnews Aug 17, 2011

    Will the Koch Brothers be joining to fund this effort as before? They've already been tied to Tedesco so just wondering ......NOT.

  • wakemom Aug 17, 2011

    thought the school system was about the kids! michelleobamasniece27610


    Thanks for the laugh...

    Seriously, the GOP and Wake Co school board are about how to demolish a flagship, award-winning public education system so that Pope and Luddy can make money with their charter and private schools.

    Ask Margiotta - he used to be on the Board of Directors for Pope's charter school company.


    yep i was being funny. and i agree with the person that said they took our school system to the politicised it.

  • nonPC Aug 17, 2011

    Wake schools assignment data shows parents want proximity

    Wake County parents overwhelmingly want their children assigned to schools close to home, Superintendent Tony Tata told the Board of Education during its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday evening. He supported his claim with the results of a recent online test-drive of the choice-based student assignment plan he proposed in May.

    Figure I would copy the deadline from WRAL's other article....so now what were people saying about shoving neighborhood schools down are throats...

  • LambeauSouth Aug 17, 2011

    I hate that more and more local races are becoming partisan. Local issues have so much more room for common ground, but partisan labels just pits them against each other....... This is exactly why you should never vote straight party!

  • LambeauSouth Aug 17, 2011

    With the GOP list, I now know who I will NOT vote for....normson7

    Yep, me too! seeing that they are bought and paid for by the Koch Brothers!

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 17, 2011

    If I was a canadiate, I believe an endorsement from either party would be bad for chances of getting elected.

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 17, 2011

    "The party is unified around this slate,... What about the sixth Rep. canadiate? The GOP don't like this person? Maybe it a Dem. in disquise? lol

  • normson7 Aug 17, 2011

    With the GOP list, I now know who I will NOT vote for.

  • IndependentAmerican Aug 17, 2011

    [to demolish a flagship, award-winning public education system]Yeah, and I am STILL confused why anyone thinks sending kids all over town is a better education system than neighborhood schools. While it was necessary to do this 30 - 40 years ago, if it hasn't helped solve the problem being addressed at that time then it failed. I think it helped, but because it was good 40 years ago does not make it good today.

  • The Fox Aug 17, 2011

    [to demolish a flagship, award-winning public education system]Yeah, I was so impressed with the award winning system that I put my kids through private school.