Wake County Schools

Wake Democrats, educators endorse school board candidates

Posted August 31, 2011

— The Wake County Democratic Party and the Wake chapter of the North Carolina Association of Educators are speaking out on this fall's school board race.

Both groups announced this week that they are endorsing two incumbents – Kevin Hill and Keith Sutton – one challenger – Susan Evans – and two newcomers running for open seats – Jim Martin and Christine Kushner.

"The five candidates that we have endorsed exemplify everything that Wake County citizens deserve on our school board," the Wake Democratic Party said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. "They are experienced, they are consensus builders and they will bring true stability to Wake County schools."

The North Carolina Association of Educators announced its endorsements Wednesday.

"Our recommended candidates will clearly put students and families first and return the focus of the school board back where it belongs – the students of Wake County public schools," NCAE's Wake chapter vice president, Larry Nilles, said in a statement.

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

Hill is running in District 3 against Heather Losurdo, Eric Squires and Jennifer Mansfield.

Sutton is seeking election in the District 4 race against Venita Peyton, and Martin is running in District 5 against Cynthia Chiklis Matson.

In District 6, Kushner is running against George Morgan, Mary Ann Weathers and Donna Williams.

Evans will face off against School Board Chairman Ron Margiotta for the District 8 seat.

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

Earlier this month, the Wake County Republican Party announced that it is endorsing Losurdo, Peyton, Matson, Williams and Margiotta.

A Republican-backed 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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  • whatsthepoint3x Sep 6, 2011


    On our national polical stage, have winners and losers. We've become so polarized that, for many, our hatred for the other party leaves us unable to enter into logical discourse on any particular issue.

    It is bad that, at a national level, the constituents of the winning party take all the spoils, punishing the other. It is much worse that we have now gone there with our Wake County school board. The funding of the national parties and figures does not belong here. We don't need them and their feigned interest in our children is offensive.

    Democracy must be more than two wolves and a lamb voting on what's for dinner

    -Famous Libertarian

  • canfarce12 Sep 1, 2011

    Flashsparks, the NAACP is a complete joke nowadays, but what's an even bigger joke is the whole neighborhood school means a better school idea and an even bigger joke of No Child Left Behind. Neighborhood schools will benefit schools in affluent neighborhoods while not doing a thing for the schools in the poorer areas of Wake. Unless the board has some sort of contingency plan to make some equilibrium happen between the schools, then they needed to keep with the busing for a better education regardless of if Joe, Johnny, or Jane have to get up extra early to a school 20 minutes from their house.

  • flashsparks Sep 1, 2011

    "Funny how since the new school board has been in control that Wake has on the verge of losing their accreditation..." canfarce12

    Gee, yeah, that's reall funny. Of course you're too ignorant to know why that's the case. The Reverend Barber is directly responsible for Wake schools losing their accrediation. He would prefer to destroy our schools rather than let parents decided where to send their kids.

  • ICTrue Sep 1, 2011

    "Funny how since the new school board has been in control that Wake has on the verge of losing their accreditation..." canfarce12

    Meaningless. Liberals trying to protect their liberal agenda.

  • Plenty Coups Sep 1, 2011

    "Can you say NCAE? If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, walks like a duck, smells like a duck, votes like a duck... knowwhatimean?"

    Except w/ a real union they would have collective bargaining rights as well as the right to strike. They don't, so your "duck" analogy is completely false.

  • cwood3 Sep 1, 2011

    So much for non-partisen elections of School Boards!!

    The left is loosing the fight-so they asked for more help!!

    I'm so glad we're not in that fight!

  • mep Sep 1, 2011

    The socio-economic diversity experiment has failed! (Always will) Time to move towards a more fiscally sound community based school system. Better yet, end the public school monopoly and make schools compete for money/students. When EVERYONE from the wealthiest to the poorest must contribute something (even a little) towards their child's education, not only will the quality of education improve, but so will parental involvement, which is key to educational success. But sadly, we instead just continue to throw more and more tax dollars at the problem hoping it will get better, with only mediocre results.

  • s.wake.co Sep 1, 2011

    "there is no teacher's union in NC..." - canfarce12

    Can you say NCAE? If it looks like a duck, sounds like a duck, walks like a duck, smells like a duck, votes like a duck... knowwhatimean?

  • luvbailey Sep 1, 2011

    I am one republican who will be voting against Ron Margiotta.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 1, 2011

    Anyone who doesn't want their child bused should not move to some far flung subdivision in the middle of nowhere. We are not going to build an elementary/middle/high school in your subdivision.