Local Politics

Elections officials to seek help on Wake school board race

Posted October 23, 2009 12:21 p.m. EDT
Updated October 23, 2009 6:36 p.m. EDT

— The Wake County Board of Elections is asking the State Board of Elections for guidance about whether it should stop a planned runoff election.

The decision came Friday after the board met to discuss the request from Cathy Truitt, who this week dropped out of the District 2 race for the Wake County Board of Education.

She finished second to John Tedesco in the Oct. 6 election, in which Tedesco garnered just under 50 percent of the vote and Truitt got about 24 percent.

On Monday, she conceded the race to Tedesco, saying she didn't think she could win a runoff.

The Wake elections board, however, is proceeding with the runoff, which will cost taxpayers more than $30,000, because ballots have been printed and absentee and early voting have started.

State law doesn't cover instances where a candidate tries to withdraw a request for a runoff election.

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.