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14 file to run for Wake County school board

Posted August 12, 2011

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— Fourteen people will compete this fall for five seats on the Wake County Board of Education.

The two-week filing period for the race ended Friday afternoon with three incumbents, including board Chairman Ron Margiotta, and 11 others signing up for the race.

The election is Oct. 11, and a run-off election, if it's needed, is scheduled for Nov. 8.

Margiotta, who represents southern Wake County, leads the school board's current majority, which would need to win at least one of the five open seats to remain in power.

He faces Susan Evans for the District 8 race.

Incumbent Kevin Hill, who represents north Raleigh, will face three other candidates – Heather Losurdo, Jennifer Mansfield and Eric Squires – for the District 3 race.

And Keith Sutton, who was appointed in 2009 to fill a vacant seat in District 4, east Raleigh, faces his first election against Venita Peyton.

Jim Martin and Cynthia Matson filed to run in south-central Raleigh for the District 5 seat currently held by Dr. Anne McLaurin. McLaurin said in June that she would not run again.

Also not running is Carolyn Morrison, who holds the District 6 Central Raleigh school board seat. There are four candidates in that race: Christine Kushner, George Morgan, Mary Ann Weathers and Donna Williams.

Although school board seats are supposed to be nonpartisan, Wake County's political parties are heavily involved in the race. Both the Republican and Democratic parties in Wake County have already come out in support of some candidates.

Last year, the Republican-controlled majority voted out the school system's decade-old policy of busing students to help achieve socio-economic diversity.

That paved the way for a new student assignment policy that keeps students closer to home and sparked protests, arrests and a change in the school system’s superintendent.

The candidates will face off next month in a series of forums sponsored by WakeUp Wake and the League of Women Voters of Wake County.

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  • teacher56 Aug 12, 2011

    If you want diversity and common sense Wake County, get out and vote democratic for the school board!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 12, 2011

    $4 - "Want real change? DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE!!! EVER!!!"

    It's a blanket statement for all politicians, not just these.

    By and large, US Citizens -

    1. Do no homework whatsoever themselves before heading off to the polls to vote.

    2. Vote straight party, even if who they're voting for has a criminal record.

    3. Vote with no regard to the background of who they're voting.

    OR

    4. Spend election day in a Barcalounger and don't vote at all.

    If US Citizens are going to do this, then IMO - DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE is the best option.

    Spending less time in office gives one less time to find loopholes where they can "rig" their private agendas to cater to their own little special interest groups and/or line their own little pockets with.

    DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE!!!

    Or do your homework thoroughly before heading for the voting booths.

  • Bartmeister Aug 12, 2011

    At least the changes were made prior to elections. Oddly enough, Rev Barber's name wasn't mentioned in this article. That's a good thing, but odd. He probably hasn't had time to confer with his "top level cabinet" yet.

  • Remy Aug 12, 2011

    Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas - If you are trying to get people to agree with you, you might want to lay off on the insults.

    Anyone who thinks that doesn't deserve another term has no clue. About anything.

  • Shamrock Aug 12, 2011

    4 dollar - Do you have any examples of what positive changes have taken place? You said a lot there while saying nothing at all.

  • lec0257 Aug 12, 2011

    The "sparked protests" individuals were mostly not even from around here. Not going back to the "gool ole boy" way of the previous school board. The just thought they were in Power until the last election.

  • Bring on the 4 Dollar Gas Aug 12, 2011

    "Want real change?
    DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE!!!
    EVER!!!

    Well, uh, let me see, we didn't re-elect any of the previous board so would you say we've had real change in the last 2 years? Is that what you want, real change? I'd say outside of the stupidity that's surrounded the new/latest board since they took over we've had quite a bit of change. Change for the better no doubt.
    So if real change is what you seek, and this latest board has provided that for you, why wouldn't you want to keep any of the current board, including Ron, in place? Ron has served his district well. He stood up against the previous bullies and in the end was the only one left standing. Anyone who thinks that doesn't deserve another term has no clue. About anything.

  • more cowbell Aug 12, 2011

    Margiotta, who represents southern Wake County, leads the school board's current majority, which would need to win at least one of the five open seats to remain in power.

    Key word here, "POWER." Who in their right mind would want to be part of this fiascoe.

  • Jbmat Aug 12, 2011

    Oh boy, let me be a human target. No matter what I do, left, right, center, nothing, it will be wrong.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Aug 12, 2011

    Listen carefully folks -

    Want real change?

    DON'T RE-ELECT ANYONE!!!

    EVER!!!

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