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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Sanity Returns to Wake County School Board: Koch Candidates Crushed

Updated 9:05 AM October 12:

Not quite done yet:
Wake County voters on Tuesday elected four Democratic-backed candidates to the Wake County Board of Education, but one race is expected to end in a run-off next month [Nov. 8].

That race – between District 3 incumbent Kevin Hill, a Democrat representing north Raleigh, and Republican challenger Heather Losurdo – will determine whether there will be a shift in power for the governing board of the state's largest school system.


Hill leads Losurdo with 49.7 percent of the votes but doesn't have the necessary 50 percent needed to secure a win. Losurdo, who received 39.8 percent of the vote, is the only chance now that the current majority has to remain in control of the board. She said she will ask for a run-off. . . .
In a repudiation of the segregationist policies that have caused turmoil in Wake County, NC for the past two years, voters have returned a pro-diversity majority that we can only hope will vote to restore the most successful socioeconomic integration plan in the U. S.  

Particularly sweet to diversity and public school advocates is the crushing of Cynthia Matson, one of the original group of resegregationist loudmouths, by Jim Martin, who supports diversity.  The other high point has to be the victory of Susan Evans over Board Chair and chief teabagger puppet, Ron Margiotta.

Kevin Hill also turned back a challenge by Tea Partier, Heather Losurdo, and Christine Kushner whomped Donna Williams.  Finally, popular Keith Sutton had no trouble in his race.

Now it is to be seen how long it will take Broadie superintendent General Tata to decide to spend more time with his family.  

This is a big day for education in North Carolina.
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 3 (Vote For 1)
26 of 26 Precincts Reporting [Run-off required because Hill did not reach 50 percent]
PercentVotes
Kevin L. Hill (D)
49.70%8,083 
Heather Losurdo
39.87%6,485
Jennifer Mansfield
8.15%1,326
Eric Wayne Squires
2.16%351
Write-in
0.12%19
16,264
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 4 (Vote For 1)
19 of 19 Precincts Reporting
PercentVotes
Venita Peyton
18.99%1,992
Keith A. Sutton (D)
80.89%8,486
Write-in
0.12%13
10,491
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 5 (Vote For 1)
18 of 18 Precincts Reporting
PercentVotes
Jim Martin (D)
67.34%6,198
Cynthia Chiklis Matson
32.27%2,970
Write-in
0.39%36
9,204
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 6 (Vote For 1)
33 of 33 Precincts Reporting
PercentVotes
Christine Kushner (D)
59.39%11,783
George W. Morgan
3.33%661
Mary Ann Weathers
3.37%669
Donna Williams
33.68%6,683
Write-in
0.23%45
19,841
WAKE COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION DISTRICT 8 (Vote For 1)
20 of 20 Precincts Reporting
PercentVotes
Susan P. Evans (D)
52.10%7,100
Ron Margiotta
47.81%6,515
Write-in
0.10%13
13,628

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