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Leader of school re-segregation efforts defeated

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.

 

5 Comments

  1. Rob Schofield

    October 11, 2011 at 9:49 pm

    Polling indicates that Hill opens with a strong lead:
    http://www.publicpolicypolling.com/main/2011/10/hill-leads-losurdo-by-16.html

  2. Frances Jenkins

    October 12, 2011 at 7:39 am

    If Ms Evans returns to the old plan of the Democrats and not look for other solutions, she along with her follower will be voted out again. Their plan of busing was the major reason the Democrats were voted out of office. Look at the voter turn out, in this case, hold your nose, close your eyes and hope this change will be about improving education for all students, not just the NACE and the Democrat Party.

  3. jlp75

    October 12, 2011 at 8:57 am

    Low voter turnout is why the current majority took control. They had a well organized and financed plan that was highly effective while most people were not paying attention. I commend them on that effort, however I believe they have awoken a sleeping giant. People are now paying attention, thus the doubling of the voter turnout. The people have rejected the tea party encroachment on public policy. Most people are somewhere in the middle and do not favor policies from either extreme of the spectrum. The further you push the pendulum in one direction the harder it comes swinging back at you. This my way or the highway mentality needs to end and we need to get back in the business of working together from differing view points and building consensus towards mutually beneficial policy. United we stand, divided we fall.

  4. Alex

    October 12, 2011 at 10:12 am

    I equate this to the Obama election. He promised a lot, and has only delivered a mess. It will be interesting to see what the new board can deliver. Diversity does not equal achievement. They were voted out before because of their arrogance and unresponsiveness, and it surely can be done again.

  5. jlp75

    October 12, 2011 at 11:17 am

    Wow, partisan hacks can find a negative way to bring Obama into everything. I wasn’t aware he had anything to do with the school board election which is the topic of THIS discussion.