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Talking about what the new Wake County school board may be like

What will things be like for the new Wake County school board that has seven registered Democrats, an unaffiliated member who used to be a Democrat and a registered Republican called a RINO by some critics?

As noted in Saturday’s article, members of the new board and their supporters say the partisan fighting will end and the board will be able to focus on student achievement instead. But critics say they worry the new board could become just like the pre-2009 board and ignore dissenting opinions.

School board Chairman Keith Sutton said you can’t assume the new board, which takes office in December, will be in lock step on everything.

Bill Fletcher has fundraising lead in Wake County school board contest

Wake County school member Bill Fletcher has a fundraising lead over challenger Nancy Caggia in the District 9 contest.

According to Fletcher’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $18,960 and spending $13,790.18 through Sept. 23. According to Caggia’s latest campaign finance report, she reported raising $10,687.27 and spending $3,123.99.

Fletcher’s biggest donors in the latest report were the $1,000 from Ann Campbell and the $1,000 from retired real-estate agent Kim Carlton. Fletcher is the only Republican school board candidate to have gotten a donation from Campbell since she started giving money in the 2011 school board elections.

Monika Johnson-Hostler has big fundraising lead in Wake County school board contest

Wake County school candidate Monika Johnson-Hostler has well over a two-to-one fundraising lead over competitor Matt Scruggs in the District 2 contest.

According to Johnson-Hostler’s latest campaign finance report, she reported raising $18,225 and spending $11,441.80 through Sept. 23. According to Scruggs’ latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $7,660 and spending $4,576.20.

Tom Benton has big fundraising lead in Wake County school board contest

Wake County school board member Tom Benton has well over a two-to-one fundraising lead over challenger Don McIntyre in the District 1 contest.

According to Benton’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $19,666.72 and spending $12,079.25 through Sept. 23. According to McIntyre’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $7,833 and spending $7,257.07.

Benton’s biggest donors in the latest report were $2,000 from the Wake Citizens for Good Government, $1,000 from former National Education Association executive director John Wilson and $1,000 from Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

Democrats hold campaign cash edge for Wake County school board races

The Democratic candidates for Wake County school board are winning the fundraising battle, but will they also win the election battle on Tuesday?

As noted in today’s article, the latest campaign finance reports show that the three Democratic candidates all have at least double the amounts of their Republican opponents. School board member Bill Fletcher, whose views are more in line with the current Democratic board majority than the prior Republican one, is leading in the race involving two registered Republicans.

One interesting tidbit in the new reports is that Ann Campbell crossed party lines to give $1,000 to Fletcher’s campaign. Campbell, as in 2011, is the largest individual donor in this campaign cycle. She’s given $10,000, with $9,000 going to the three Democratic candidates.

I’ll do individual posts on the reports in each race.

Zora Felton outraising Deborah Prickett in Wake County school board race

Wake County school board candidate Zora Felton has a five-to-one fundraising lead over incumbent Deborah Prickett in the District 7 contest.

According to Felton’s latest campaign finance report, she reported raising $9,897.80 with $3,955.04 on hand at the end of August. According to Prickett's latest campaign finance report, she reported raising $1,789.08 with $1,268.13 on hand.

Felton, a Democrat, received her largest contribution of $4,000 in an earlier report from Ann Campbell, a leader of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition. Campbell was also the biggest donor to Democratic school board candidates in 2011.

Monika Johnson Hostler has three-to-one fundraising edge in Wake County school board race

Wake County school board candidate Monika Johnson Hostler has a more than three-to-one fundraising edge over Matt Scruggs in the District 2 contest.

According to Johnson Hostler’s latest campaign finance report, she reported raising $6,995 with $4,437.11 on hand at the end of August. According to Scruggs’ latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $2,085 with $919.25 on hand.

Johnson Hostler, a Democrat, received her largest contribution of $2,500 from Ann Campbell, a leader of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition who was also the biggest donor to Democratic school board candidates in 2011.

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Tom Benton has two-to-one fundraising edge in Wake County school board race

Wake County school board member Tom Benton has a nearly two-to-one fundraising edge over challenger Don McIntyre in the District 1 contest.

According to Benton’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $8,616.72 with $7,157.05 on hand at the end of August. According to McIntyre’s latest campaign finance report, he reported raising $4,333 with $405.15 on hand.

Benton, a Democrat, received his largest contribution of $2,500 from Ann Campbell, a leader of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition who was also the biggest donor to Democratic school board candidates in 2011.

Wake County school board candidates raising fewer dollars this year

It’s safe to say that there won’t be any campaign finance spending records set during this year’s Wake County school board elections.

As noted in today’s article, the eight school board candidates have reported raising a combined $50,000. At this same time in 2011, 11 candidates had raised $238,000 on the way to setting a new Wake school board campaign record.

Another trend in the campaign finance reports filed this week is that all four Republican-backed school board candidates are trailing their opponents.

Federal lawsuit filed against new Wake County school board election districts

More to come later, but the Southern Coalition for Social Justice filed a federal lawsuit today against the General Assembly challenging the constitutionality of the new Wake County school board election districts.

The lawsuit contends that the new state-drawn lines violate the one-person, one-vote requirements by creating districts with imbalanced populations. The lawsuit contends that the lines were drawn to promote conservative policies, as the complaint notes the changes on the school board since 2009.

Familiar names among the plaintiffs include several members of the Great Schools in Wake Coalition, including Ann Campbell, Beverley Clark, Greg Flynn, Amy Lee, Amy Womble and Calla Wright. The groups who are plaintiffs are the Raleigh-Wake Citizens Association and the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for African American Children.

UPDATE

It’s running late so for now the only update will be the link to the article that will appear in print. Click here to view the article.

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