The Wake school board elections were no surprise. Board Vice Chair Beverley Clark was easily re-elected over three opponents in District 6 (Central Raleigh), getting 64 percent of the vote.
In District 3 (North Raleigh), where incumbent Carole Parker didn't seek re-election, a pair of progressive-minded candidates ran one-two and will face off in the Nov. 6 runoff. They are Kevin Hill, a retired Wake teacher and principal, who led with 47 percent, and Martha LaVance, a non-practicing attorney and longtime PTA leader and school volunteer, who ran second with 30 percent. A third candidate, Alfreda Wilson, ran with conservative backing but won just 23 percent.
All three county bond issues, for libraries, open-space purchases and Wake Technical Community College projects, were passed easily. Total spending approved: $187 million.