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Wake school board runoff will proceed

Posted October 28, 2009

— Wake County school board contender Cathy Truitt's name will remain on the ballot for a Nov. 3, 2009, runoff election, despite her late decision to drop out of the race.

The State Board of Elections decided Wednesday that the race for the District 2 Board of Education seat should proceed.

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Truitt, asked for the runoff following the Oct. 6 election, in which she received 24 percent of the vote to contender John Tedesco's 49 percent. Last week, she conceded the race and withdrew her request for the run-off.

Because state law doesn't cover instances where a candidate tries to withdraw such a request, the Wake County Board of Elections referred the matter to the state elections board.

Ballots have been printed and absentee and early voting have started. The election will cost taxpayers more than $30,000.

Neither Truitt nor Tedesco were present at the election board's hearing Thursday morning. Calls to Truitt were not immediately returned.

"I am spending thousands and thousands more dollars getting out the vote again," Tedesco said. "I am a little disappointed in that."

If Truitt wins, the seat will remain vacant, and the school board will appoint someone to fill it.

Tedesco and three other school board candidates who won their seats were endorsed by community groups like WakeCARES and the Wake Schools Community Alliance because they indicated they would be willing to change the school system's student assignment policies away from one that promotes socioeconomic diversity to favor neighborhood schools.

Winners Chris Malone in District 1, Deborah Prickett in District 7 and Debra Goldman in District 9 join school board member Ron Margiotta in backing the neighborhood schools position. Tedesco would give that faction a majority position on the nine-member board.

The North Carolina chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, which favors the existing student assignment policies, urged elections officials to proceed with the Nov. 3 election.

"The voters will decide their choice whatever their choice is, but we must always ensure that the ebb and flow of the election process is not based on emotions, or political agenda, but the rule of law and in accordance with our general statutes," the group said in a statement Wednesday.


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  • time4real Oct 29, 2009

    "I am going to name Oct. 6 The People Have Spoken day in Wake County."

    they don't complete the job until they vote again on Tuesday!

    Down with mandatory year round, Go Tedesco, Tedesco, Tedesco, Tedesco!

  • injameswetrust2003 Oct 29, 2009

    What can we learn from all this? Change is hard. Once the election's losers realize that forced busing was a bad idea, they too will see the light. Until then, their excuses and lame attempts at status quo will continue.

    I am going to name Oct. 6 The People Have Spoken day in Wake County.

  • SS67 Oct 29, 2009

    All for year-round schools: Truitt! Truitt! Truitt! Truitt!

  • aintbackingdwn Oct 29, 2009

    I see it coming - Oh Jessee and William Barber - time to make this seat election a media frenzy - "There taking us back 40 years ....oh heck ther taking us back 200 years.

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 29, 2009

    What are you folks so worried about?! Truitt quit. Literally and figuratively. I'm not seeing anyone campaigning FOR her. It's over. The yankee wins. Yay. Yes, technically the election is still on, and technically Tedesco can lose. But if he does, then his "majority" (please note that 49% is a majority only when the other 51% is spread over 3 other candidates) voted on by a whooping 10% of the voters, wasn't much of a majority. As with Obama, here's hoping you koolaid drinkers are happy with what you're going to get. I'm done with this - if he can't win when he's the only candidate still running, he doesn't deserve the job anyway.

  • psm5000 Oct 29, 2009

    This is a ridiculous waste of tax payer money. If 49% of the vote does not constitute a majority, then we need to take appropriate action to remedy that! If Truitt has dropped out, then what's the point? The point is, that the losers in this election who REFUSE to yield to the what the voters want, are desperate for the chance to rally voters in an effort to retain current board policies. If Truitt wins, this would allow the board to appoint whomever they want, which will undoubtedly be someone who supports current policy, thereby NEGATING the wishes of the voters demonstrated by a 49% vote. It's a technical wrangling designed at a second chance for a desperate board, and taxpayers should be outraged. Voters who favor money going to teachers, NEEDED resources, and curriculum rather than bus maintenance, and high priced gas MUST get out and vote for Tedesco---AGAIN!

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 29, 2009

    "If Truitt wins, the seat will remain vacant, and the school board will appoint someone to fill it." (which would be hilarious but is virtually impossible although Tedesco is apparently scared of it happening). What part of this statement do you not understand? She can't "take the seat".

  • Space Mountain Oct 29, 2009

    This is just stupid. She doesn't want to be elected, so why have the runoff?

  • time4real Oct 29, 2009

    "If folks vote for Truitt after she's conceded and said she doesn't want the runoff, then they are essentially entering a vote of 'no confidence' against Tedesco."

    you're not as informed as you think you are. Truit is on the ballot and should she get 1 more vote than Tedesco she will win. As much as she lied and flipped flopped during her campaign what do you think she'd do if that were to happen? Of course, she'd take the seat and back up that move with more lies and BS!

    Tedesco gets the endorsement of Mayor Williams and Sheriff Donnie Harrison this morning. Pay close attention!

    Tedesco will get 75+% of the votes this time because the bulk of people I've talked with that supported her before all her flip flops got fed up and saw the light! Or had better coffee!

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 29, 2009

    Jenny: this has nothing to do with NC State govt.