Do You Know the Issues in Next Week's Election?
Posted April 27, 1998 7:00 a.m. EDT
RALEIGH — The fight over congressional redistricting in North Carolina took attention away from the primaries that will take place next week. Do you know enough about the issues and candidates to vote?
Not only are there high profile primaries on next Tuesday's ballot, there are also dozens of local races. Wake County has three board of commissioners primaries. In one of them, Democrats Linda Coleman and Linda Johnson square off in district one. Republicans Phil Matthews and Gene Truelove are going head to head in district two. Republican Jan Pueschel and Republican Leo Tew are in district three's primary. And education issues have taken center stage.
More attention to building more schools, teacher pay, and the relationship between county commissioners and the board of education pleases the local teachers' association.
Marilyn Dixon of the Wake Association of Classroom Teachers.
Of course the turnout for these primaries is traditionally pretty low, and it could be even lower this year considering all the confusion surrounding these races
Cherie Poucher, director of the Wake Board of Elections, says she's taking a lot of calls from confused voters.
There is, indeed, an election next Tuesday and other big races include the Durham County Sheriff's primary, and Cumberland County's hotly contested commissioners race.