Thousands of Wake County voters sent a strong message Tuesday night by dismissing the principal architect of a two-year effort to dismantle the county’s much-acclaimed school integration program. With 20 of 20 precincts reporting, Board of Education Chair Ron Margiotta trailed challenger Susan Evans by a margin of 7,100 (52.10%) to 6,515 (47.81%) in his western Wake County district.
At this point, the near-term future of the Board appears to hinge on the election in School Board District 3, where Kevin Hill and Heather Losurdo seem headed for a November runoff. Hill, who generally opposed Margiotta’s efforts, appears to have fallen just short of the 50% needed to win outright.
Though voter turnout was light, it was nearly double that of two years ago when ideological conservatives swept several school board seats.