Bob Geary is analyzing how partisan the Democratic candidates for Wake County school board should get in this fall's elections.
In an article in the latest issue of the liberal Independent weekly, Geary contends that the Democratic candidates "have little choice" but to turn to the Party for help to counter the Republican Party's efforts in the school board races. But he says it's also causing the Democratic candidates to tread a fine line.
"The Democratic candidates face the same critical question of style: Can a Democrat win with a message of nonpartisanship, the complexity of the issues and 'good governance?'" Geary writes. "Or is the case that in a low-turnout election like a school board race, you can't beat a hard-hitting Republican who turns out the GOP's base vote unless you're a hard-hitting Democrat who turns out the Democratic base vote?"