Local Politics

NAACP pushes for Wake school board runoff

Posted October 23, 2009

— A former Wake County Board of Education candidate might not want a runoff election next month, but the NAACP certainly does.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People plans to rally next week to encourage District 2 voters who favor existing student assignment policies in the school district to vote on Nov. 3.

Cathy Truitt, who finished second in the five-person race on Oct. 6, initially called for a runoff between her and front-runner John Tedesco. On Monday, Truitt conceded the race, saying she didn't think she could win, and two days later, she asked the Wake County Board of Elections to cancel the runoff, which would cost local taxpayers more than $30,000.

The NAACP issued a statement Thursday saying that state law requires a runoff when one is requested, and members urged elections officials to proceed with the Nov. 3 election.

The Board of Elections plans to meet Friday to discuss the issue.

Tedesco is one of four candidates backed by community groups like WakeCARES and the Wake Schools Community Alliance because the candidates said they were willing to change the district's student assignment policies away from one that promotes socioeconomic diversity to favor neighborhood schools.

The other three candidates – Chris Malone in District 1, Deborah Prickett in District 7 and Debra Goldman in District 9 – won their races in the Oct. 6 election. Together with current board member Ron Margiotta, the four new school board members would create a majority on the nine-member board who favor of scrapping the district's diversity policies.

The NAACP contends the Republican Party has pushed the slate of candidates to undo desegregation efforts and uses phrases like "neighborhood schools" and "forced busing" to make the effort more palatable to a majority of residents.

"We must not allow the political chicanery of any group for its own political reason to upset or overturn the rights of the voters and the integrity of the system," the group said in a statement calling for the Nov. 3 runoff in District 2.

If the runoff proceeds as scheduled and Truitt were to win, the seat would remain vacant, and the school board would appoint someone to fill it.


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  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 23, 2009

    If Tedesco doesn't get to server on the school board since he significantly won during the election, downtown Raleigh will be shut down by protesters in the street.

    Vote for Tedesco on November 3. Don't let the liberals, socialists, marxists, leftists, democrats, and the NAACP steal this election from us.

    The people of District 2 voted. Their vote should be heard.

  • SouthernLady05 Oct 23, 2009

    It does not matter if there is a runoff or not. The Majority of those in District 2 wont vote, no matter how hard the NAACP pushes it. I'd bet on that. Now if Obama was on the ballott... it'd be a different story.

    Doesn't the NAACP have anything better to do? Who even cares about their opionion on how Wake School System should be run?

  • Its me again Oct 23, 2009

    If the NAACP really wanted people to succeed they would advocate people standing on their own merit rather than always blaming others for peoples short comings.Trouble is they know that if people succeed on their own,the NAACP would not be needed and the leadership would loose their lucrative positions.The easiest way for a group to remain in control is to keep the people dependant upon them.however their is a element of our society that are content to be dependant on others,rather than believing in themselves and succeeding on their own.No one succeeds by holding others back,except maybe the one doing the holding.

  • affirmativediversity Oct 23, 2009

    It is transparently repulsive, and typical GOP/suburban politics. per ncwebguy


    What like the Progressive Liberals have done wonders with the social experiment they try to pass off as EDUCATION?

  • Professor Oct 23, 2009

    The NAACP should leave this alone. The NAACP should really be concern in helping get job in NC.

  • whatusay Oct 23, 2009

    You can't vote for someone who is not running...

  • whatusay Oct 23, 2009

    You can't have an election with only one candidate. What is wrong with politicians, special interest groups, and our board of elections?

  • affirmativediversity Oct 23, 2009

    The only problem with this scenario is that the school board will then pump more money into the failing school and then what will happen? The parents with children in the "passing" schools will be up in arms because their kids are getting less money than the other per SME2


    Typical Progressive...the answer is always SPEND MORE MONEY.

    Sheesh...have you ever had an original thought?

  • ccs1920 Oct 23, 2009

    gov watchdog/ Excellent post.

  • affirmativediversity Oct 23, 2009

    Since when does the NAACP's opinion matter?

    Ask the people not the SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS!