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Kevin Hill highly unlikely to avoid a runoff

I wouldn't count on Wake County school board member Kevin Hill being able to avoid a runoff.

New figures today from the Wake County Board of Elections show there are 50 provisional ballots and 48 late-arriving absentee ballots still outstanding in the District 3 race. Hill would have to win all 98 ballots and receive some mail-in ballots from military voters by Friday to have a majority to avoid a runoff against Heather Losurdo.

Also today, school board candidate Jennifer Mansfield said she hasn't decided yet whether she'll endorse Losurdo in the runoff. No word yet from Eric Squires.

CORRECTION/CLARIFICATION

Revised wording to show that there are 50 provisional votes and that he'd need additonal batlots from military voters.

Looking at the District 3 school board race

It's the self-described "principled principal" running against three challengers who all think they can do a better job of representing District 3 on the Wake County school board.

As noted in today's article, school board member Kevin Hill is emphasizing his education background in his re-election bid. With the departure of Carolyn Morrison in December, Hill says he would potentially be the only board member left with experience as a teacher and principal.

"As a Board of Education, it's important to have some perspectives from an educator with both my experience as a teacher and principal," Hill said.

Jennifer Mansfield goes after Kevin Hill at candidate forum

The fireworks from Wednesday's Wake County school board candidate forum in District 3 came from Jennifer Mansfield.

As noted in today's article, Mansfield went after incumbent board member Kevin Hill on several occasions. Hill, Heather Losurdo and Eric Squires didn't criticize other candidates during the forum.

“He’s stonewalled and been very obstructionist in trying to get any positive changes made in the system,” Mansfield said of Hill.

District 3 candidate forum tonight

Tonight's Wake County school board District 3 candidate forum should be a lively one.

Incumbent Kevin Hill and challengers Heather Losurdo and Jennifer Mansfield have all confirmed they'll attend. Eric Squires has indicated he'll try to attend.

The forum starts at 7 p.m. at Church of the Nativity, 8849 Ray Road in Raleigh. It's sponsored by WakeUP Wake County and the League of Women Voters of Wake County.

For those who can't attend, you might want to see if WRAL will stream the forum live online.

Heather Losurdo has raised more than $30,000

Wake County school board candidate Heather Losurdo has raised more than $30,000 in her bid to win the District 3 seat.

The new campaign finance report filed today shows that Losurdo had raised $30,529.55 as of Aug. 30 with $11,801.85 on hand. No updated reports are in yet for school board member Kevin Hill or challenger Jennifer Mansfield. Eric Squires doesn't have to file one because he's spending less than $1,000.

Losurdo's biggest donors in the new report are the $4,000 apiece from Art Pope, Katherine Pope and Bob Luddy.

Eric Wayne Squires files to run for school board

The filing period has now ended with Eric Wayne Squires being the last person to file today to run for a seat on the Wake County school board.

Squires, a registered Republican, is seeking the District 3 seat. This means he'll run against fellow Republican Heather Losurdo, Democratic incumbent Kevin Hill and Jennifer Mansfield, who is an unaffiliated voter.

UPDATE

The field is now set.

Aside from District 3, you've got Democratic incumbent Keith Sutton running against Republican challenger Venita Peyton in District 4.

In District 5, you've got Democrat Jim Martin against Republican Cynthia Matson.

In District 6, you've got Democrats Christine Kushner, George Morgan and Mary Ann Weathers against Republican Donna Williams.

In District 8,  you've got Republican incumbent Ron Margiotta against Democrat Susan Evans.

In case you're wondering, I'm hoping to talk with Squires on Monday.

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