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Malone and Tedesco file school board campaign reports

The campaign finance reports are now in for school board candidates Chris Malone and John Tedesco.

The latest report for Malone shows he's raised $16,076 so far. That puts him behind District 1 opponent Rita Rakestraw, who has raised $22,839.54.

The new report shows donations from former Raleigh City Councilman Kieran Shanahan and the Wake Schools Community Alliance.

Defense of Cathy Truitt's assertions about school board member Ron Margiotta

Here's more on the fight between school board candidate Cathy Truitt and school board member Ron Margiotta.

Debra McHenry has submitted a letter to the editor saying that there's a witness to Truitt's statements about Margiotta asking her if she'd support firing Supt. Del Burns. For background, McHenry unsuccessfully ran against Horace Tart for the District 2 school board seat in 2005.

Most of McHenry's letter is focused on attacking Margiotta, the Wake Schools Community Alliance and District 2 candidate John Tedesco. For instance, she says Margiotta told Truitt he has no vision for the children of the school system.

CORRECTED STATEMENT ABOUT MCHENRY HAVING ATTENDED MEETING

WSCA files pre-election campaign finance report

The Wake Schools Community Alliance has raised more than $20,000 so far in its bid to elect school board candidates who are critics of the current diversity policy.

The latest report from the group shows that it has raised $24,034.44 and had $10,740.06 left over as of Sept. 21. That money could be useful in the final weeks of the campaign and in any runoffs.

Called2Action announces Wake school board endorsements

Called2Action, a conservative Christian group, has announced its school board candidate endorsements.

The group says it's backing Chris Malone in District 1, John Tedesco in District 2, Deborah Prickett in District 7 and Debra Goldman in District 9. But will Called2Action's support scare off some voters as liberal groups will likely try to take shots at the endorsements?

Alleging an effort to fire Wake Supt. Del Burns

Did school board member Ron Margiotta ask candidates if they'd support firing Supt. Del Burns?

That's an assertion made by Cathy Truitt during this afternoon's forum on WPTF for District 2 school board candidates. She said that Margiotta asked if she'd support a motion to fire the superintendent during a candidate vetting interview.

Contacted later, Margiotta called "it an outright lie" by Truitt.

Picking a District 2 school board candidate

In the heated and fragmented race for the District 2 school board seat, what will matter more to voters?

As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, incumbent Horace Tart is arguing that things have improved over the past four years while also saying he can't guarantee that constituents will always get what they want.

The other three active candidates are taking a decidedly different viewpoint.

Children's PAC disbands, announces Wake school board endorsements

The official death notice of the Children's PAC has been sent.

As was previously blogged about, the Children's PAC is shutting down and joining forces with the Wake Schools Community Alliance. This includes endorsing the same slate of candidates as the WSCA - Chris Malone in District 1, John Tedesco in District 2, Deborah Prickett in District 7 and Debra Goldman in District 9.

Now the same slate of candidates is being backed by the Children's PAC, the WSCA, Take Wake Schools Back and the Wake County Republican Party.

Countywide school board candidate forum on Thursday

If you missed Wednesday's countywide school board candidate forum, you've got another chance next week.

Former Wake County Commissioner Phil Jeffreys has organized a forum for Thursday. While Jeffreys was a harsh critic of the school board during his time in office, he's recruited a majority of the candidates to attend.

SEE UPDATE AT END OF POST

Nelson Dollar working for Horace Tart's school board campaign

State Rep. Nelson Dollar is defending his decision to work for Horace Tart's Wake school board reelection campaign.

Dollar, who runs J.N. Dollar & Associates, a media and public relations consulting firm, pointed out that he had also been a consultant in Tart's 2005 campaign.

Dollar's continued involvement with Tart has raised eyebrows with some people, especially considering he attended the Wake Schools Community Alliance's February meeting in Holly Springs.

John Tedesco responds to Wake school board attack ads

District 2 school board candidate John Tedesco has fired back at opponent Cathy Truitt for her recent attack ads accusing him of being a pawn of Ron Margiotta and Western Wake.

In a wide-ranging interview in this week's Garner Citizen, Tedesco called Truitt "divisive" and a "hypocrite." He claims that Truitt, should she be elected, will become "marginalized and ineffective" because of the ads.

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