You don't have to endorse Steve Schewel! Anyone who comes across him for 10 minutes (let alone the nearly 20 years I've known him) will get a palpable sense of why he'd be a great fit for public office. He is smart, thoughtful and follows his conscience. He cares deeply for the people around him and he cares deeply for Durham, the town he lives in, loves and has helped prop up through many years less promising than these last few locally. I'll be nagging my neighbors and friends to vote for him and I hope other people within his Six Degrees will be doing the same.
Venita Peyton is running in district 4. She is a hard working woman who is running against an appointed Democratic party hack who cannot see beyond Southeast Raleigh and race in Sutton.
You're missing the more interesting story here. Mansfield will draw votes from both Hill and Losurdo. There are a lot of people who are somewhat caught in the middle. They want to move towards neighborhood schools but they can't stand the new majority members and they are petrified of what ultra conservative Losurdo might do (she is against comprehensive sex ed, for example). On the other hand, you've got Hill who is resisting change at every turn without offering up any solutions or compromises of his own. Kevin's been an ineffective board member who has turned off plenty of parents by completely ignoring them and refusing to engage in discussion about legitimate issues. Even fans of the old diversity policy are frustrated with him.
So there's lots of people who see Mansfield as a great choice. All the common sense and none of the partisanship and strict adherence to ideology that the other two represent. Nobody is going to get 50% in this race so it will end up in a run-off.
To wcpsshound -- You're right; Mansfield and Eric Squires are listed in the sidebar to this story as the other candidates in District 3. Squires is a Republican, Mansfield is unaffiliated, as the sidebar notes. The statement in the article, however, that District 6 is the only election district which has more than a single candidate from each party is incorrect. District 3 also has multiple candidates from the Republican party -- Losurdo and Squires.
That said, this is an analysis of the election campaigns in terms of partisanship. In that vein, I believe the race in District 3 is clearly between the one Democrat, Kevin Hill, and the Republican supported by her party organization in Wake County, Heather Losurdo.
In saying so, I'm not making a pejorative statement about Jennifer Mansfield, who is very bright. I'm simply recognizing that if you're trying to win an officially nonpartisan election in which two candidates with strong party backing are also running, you'd better be rich or famous. To my knowledge, Mansfield is neither.
You didn't even mention the best candidate for District 3--Jennifer Mansfield. Are you that clueless or did you leave her out because you know she is a threat to Kevin Hill? Mansfield has proven herself over the past 6+ years as somebody who is non-partisan, willing to look the issues from all angles and uses facts to back up her positions. She has consistently advocated for all students in Wake County to have access to the best academic programs and for all parents, particularly low income, to have a voice in where their children are sent to school.
Hill holds on so tightly to his ideological beliefs that he leaves no room for any change or compromise. He voted against giving all students equal access to magnet programs, against efficiently using our yr seats by allowing all applicants in regardless of SES, and against allowing all qualified students to have access to the higher math track.
Hill is completely ineffective on the board and spends more time complaining about the majority members than he does offering solutions. Losurdo is a Tea Party hack who will vote however Margiotta tells her to. Mansfield is the clear choice and enjoys bi-partisan support. She will easily trouce either Hill or Losurdo in a run off.
Nothing on District 4?
Mr. Geary, Why no remarks about the overtly race baiting by Rev. Barber, the NCNAACP, and the Democratic Party?
Why nothing about why African-American politicians going against the wishes of a majority of African-American parents. And why nothing on the past majorities policy that if you sit a low performing youth next to a higher performing youth will improve the lower performer?
How about acknowledging the improvement of graduation rates under the new school board majority in under 2 full years?
Hey guys, one of you run for US Senate when Burr up for reelection next time.
Christine Kushner will make a fine school board member.
You mentioned Pope's donations to Williams but fail to reveal that the Campbells - who have children in our magnet system - have donated $40,000 in this race already. Probably more to come.
Also, I'd love to read Hill's list of things "done wrong, or illegally". Can you elaborate please?
So the reading of Lenin and Marx transformed him? So now he supports socialism and communism, the very thing the United States has stood against. This makes perfect sense. It's just more proof that Democrats want to turn this nation into a socialist nation. Need I say anymore?
Wow, I commend the young woman. She knows what she wants to do! Congratulations IN ADVANCE!
Laws are so complicated to complicated for a non- lawyer to understand. So, with that in mind does a judge have the power to over ride a District Attorney and public defender who are representing an client of not holding a probable cause hearing, which is part of our constitution? Also do you feel that people in your profession should be held at a higher standard? will you work hard on changing the law if able on the procedure in which warrants are being issued? I agree with you on arrest records but we need to go deeper like when you are found not guilty or dismissed it should be removed by the courts and why is it white people are innocent and black people are not guilty? People who take these warrants should be held accountable.
A lot of judges base their judgements on offenders by their on personal and family experiences, instead of the true facts surrounding the cases.
Right on NativeTarHeel. Thanks for the insightful info!
Superb article by the Huffington Post and included a Colbert Report Video at the bottom. Vid is excellent:
@PayingAttention - And pray tell, what are your sources for the slander here?
How come the Independent Weekly fails to mention the Board Members of the NC Center for Voter Education that Heagarty received money from or the various unions or the NCAE....
Would someone reporting on candidates please do a BACKGROUND check on these people.
Steve Rao worked at a law firm and was fired for never coming to work, lying about being at work, never doing anything at work, and was stealing office supplies....and this was less than 5 years ago
He was also running one of these "entrepreneurial" enterprises out of the office. And, practice law? HE DOESN'T EVEN HAVE A LAW LICENSE IN ANY STATE. He got his degree and never passed the bar.
We are very, very lucky this man did not win. Wake County dodged a bullet in that race.
I plan to vote for Price, but just wanted to call attention to your statement regarding Lawson: "Plus, he said he wouldn't run and now he is. We don't know what that means for his other campaign pledges..." If you recall, Senator Obama said the same thing, that he would not run for President and keep his Senate seat. Did you not endorse him because of his initial declaration? Do you not trust any of Obama's other campaign pledges? I suppose this is the problem I have with both parties, Dems and the GOP (by the way, I've been a registered Democrat, and sometimes Libertarian, for most of my adult life, so I respect your endorsements here). Both parties seem to have short memories and often forget what they deemed to be "not a problem" within their own party, then a "problem" within the other party. Sigh.
I'm glad to see you explain to voters the importance of the County Commissioners races in relation to the Wake School Board. Also, thank you for reminding people how utterly underhanded Gurley was in seeking more power for himself. He even turned off his fellow Republicans with that mean-spirited stunt.
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