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Jennifer Mansfield files to run for school board

Wake County school board candidate Jennifer Mansfield filed today to run for the District 3 seat.

Mansfield will compete against incumbent Kevin Hill and fellow challenger Heather Losurdo. Mansfield's registration means every candidate who announced prior to the start of the filing period is now officially running.

But with 10 more days to go, how many more candidates will file for the five board seats? No one has yet filed to oppose incumbent Keith Sutton in District 4. No Republican has filed to run in District 6.

Jennifer Mansfield lagging behind in District 3 fundraising race

Wake County school board candidate Jennifer Mansfield hasn't officially filed to run yet but she does have an updated campaign finance report.

In a report filed today, Mansfield reported raising $141 so far. That is a lot less cash than the $9,395 raised by incumbent Kevin Hill or the $12,749 collected by Heather Losurdo.

Mansfield has until Aug. 12 to file for the District 3 seat.

Jennifer Mansfield discusses school board candidacy on WPTF

Wake County school board candidate Jennifer Mansfield is praising the actions of the new school board majority while also warning that things have become too politicized.

In an interview Thursday on the Rick and Donna Martinez Show on WPTF, Mansfield highlighted he tightrope she's walking on of trying to get people who disagree with incumbent Kevin Hill to vote for her instead of Heather Losurdo.

"District 3 for the last four years has not had a voice for parents and students so that's first and foremost is to be a voice for District 3 residents," Mansfield answered when asked why she's running. "And we need somebody who's in there whose experienced and I've been doing this for over six years, been involved in school issues."

Wake Citizens for Good Government reports raising nearly $28,000

The Wake Citizens for Good Government PAC is looking like it could be a big player in this fall's Wake County school board elections.

As noted in today's article, the PAC has reported raising $27,803.28 with $25,671.54 on hand. In contrast, the Wake Schools Community Alliance has reported raising $268.92 an having only $1 on hand.

There's a strong connection between Wake Citizens for Good Government, the five Democratic school board candidates and the Wake County Democratic Party. A number of people are giving money to all three groups, similar to how some of the 2009 donors gave money to the four winning school board candidates, the WSCA and the Wake County Republican Party.

Heather Losurdo raised nearly $12,800 in school board campaign

Wake County school board candidate Heather Losurdo has raised $12,749.55 in her bid to oust incumbent Kevin Hill from his District 3 seat.

In her latest report filed today, Losurdo's biggest donor is Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley, who gave her $4,000. Other notable donors include Wake County Commissioners Chairman Paul Coble, state Rep. Marilyn Avila, school board member Deborah Prickett and state Sen. Neal Hunt's campaign committee.

Click here, here and here to view the various sections of Losurdo's new report.

July 26 school board candidate filings

Wake County school board candidate Heather Losurdo officially filed today to run for the District 3 seat.

As of 2 p.m., Losurdo is the only school board candidate to file today. Eight people filed on Monday for the five races. The filing period ends Aug. 12.

There's now at least two candidates in every race except District 4.

Jennifer Mansfield is the only one of the candidates who announced prior to this week who hasn't filed yet.

UPDATE

Losurdo was the only school board candidate to file today.

GOP county commissioners endorse Heather Losurdo for school board

Wake County school board candidate Heather Losurdo announced Friday that she had been endorsed by the four Republican members of the Wake board of commissioners.

In her press release, Losurdo said her "campaign is proud to announce the endorsement by these majority members of the Wake County Commission: Chairman Paul Coble, Vice Chairman Phil Matthews, Joe Bryan and Tony Gurley."

Losurdo has already been endorsed by GOP school board members Chris Malone, Ron Margiotta, Deborah Prickett and John Tedesco in her bid to win the District 3 seat from incumbent Kevin Hill. Jennifer Mansfield is also running for the seat.

Kevin Hill and Russ Stephenson holding joint fundraiser tonight

Wake County school board member Kevin Hill and Raleigh City Councilman Russ Stephenson are joining forces tonight for a fundraising event.

The joint fundraiser will be held at 6 p.m. at Milton's Pizza & Pasta in North Raleigh. You can find more info here at the Wake County Democratic Party website.

Officially, both Hill and Stephenson are running in non-partisan races. But the reality is both the Democrats and Republicans will be just as actively involved in this fall's school board elections as they were in 2009.

CORRECTION

The info I received ahead of time was in error. It was only a fundraiser for Hill.

Bob Geary on how Susan Evans "fills a hole for Wake County residents"

Bob Geary is heartened by the announcement today that Susan Evans will contest Ron Margiotta for the District 8 seat on the Wake County school board.

In a blog post today for the liberal Independent weekly, Geary writes that "Evans' announcement fills a hole for Wake County residents who think the Republican school board majority, led by Margiotta, has harmed rather than helped a very school system since four GOP-backed candidates swept into office following the 2009 elections."

"Margiotta was and continues to be an outspoken proponent of neighborhood schools — for the middle-class neighborhoods of Apex and western Wake County especially," Geary writes. "The fact that poor neighborhoods in East Raleigh and eastern Wake County would be left holding the bag with their "neighborhood schools" has not seemed to concern Margiotta all that much."

Kevin Hill announces re-election bid for school board seat

It's now officially a three-way race for the District 3 seat on the Wake County school board.

School board member Kevin Hill announced today that will run for another four-year term for his Northeast Raleigh district. In his press release today, Hill stressed his education experience, his ability to "provide a balanced perspective on the Board of Education" his support for increasing school funding.

“I believe now, more than ever, that our Wake County Board of Education needs strong, progressive, and experienced leadership to help take our school system and our students to new levels of achievement,” Hill said in the press release.

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