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The Wake GOP's Chosen Ones 

Sometimes a group's endorsements can clue voters in on whom not to vote for. (Yes, we know, there are readers who use the Indy's endorsements for just that purpose. No offense taken, but don't blame us when you're peeved about your elected officials.)

The Wake County Republican Party's executive committee has issued its endorsements for the Oct. 6 election, and several of its Chosen Ones have also received a seal of approval from the conservative-leaning Wake Schools Community Alliance (WSCA).

In the congested Wake County Board of Education race, the GOP gives thumbs-up to Chris Malone in District 1, John Tedesco in District 2, Jerry Ballan in District 7 and Debra Goldman in District 9.

Whoa, nellie, could there be dissent in the GOP ranks? Earlier this month, WSCA endorsed Deborah Prickett in District 7. Bob Geary's Citizen blog dissects the endorsements, noting the GOP and WSCA endorsed Tedesco over Cathy Truitt, a retired schoolteacher and principal. "Truitt's balanced views on diversity versus neighborhood schools, spelled out in an interview with the Garner Citizen, didn't help her, obviously."

If Ballan and Prickett split the conservative vote, it could help Karen Simon, a Democrat, claim the seat once held by pro-diversity Republican Patti Head.

File under Too Weird for the GOP: The executive committee didn't tip its hat to Republican District 2 school board incumbent Horace Tart. His ministry's Web site states that the group is among those "waging war" for the "souls of our nation and her people," while posing the question: "Will I go to heaven?" The answer: A snowball's chance in hell. Our words, not his.

Wouldn't it be interesting if Raleigh's next mayor lived in Durham County? GOP favorite son and mayoral candidate Larry D. Hudson II, lists his address as 5537 Roan Mountain Place, which lies in Durham County but is within the Raleigh city limits. According to the N.C. Board of Elections, Hudson voted in the 2006 general election, and in the 2008 primary and general elections. However, Hudson did not vote in the 2007 elections, which included races for Raleigh mayor, city council and Wake County Board of Education.

Other GOP choices for city council include at-large candidate, realtor Champ Claris (there has to be a campaign slogan in that name)and former councilman John Odom (1993-2003) for District B. Odom ran unsuccessfully for insurance commissioner last year. And without GOP homeboy Philip Isley, who is not running for re-election in District E, the party endorsed Lisa Elliot.

In Cary, the GOP choice, Philip Scarsella will vie for an at-large seat with incumbent Democrat Julie Robison. In district races, the party endorsed two incumbents, both of whom face Democrats: Jennifer Robinson in District A, which covers much of western Cary, and Jack Smith in District C, whose jurisdiction extends southeast. Smith didn't have to compete for the endorsement with John Harvilla Jr., who, according to the Wake GOP's Twitter feed "dropped out due to family issues."

The Indy called Harvilla, but he could not be reached by press time.

Track the GOP at http://twitter.com/wakegop.

Correction (July 24, 2009): The spelling of Philip Isley's name has been corrected.

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