At-large school board elections for Wake are back before the General Assembly.
State Sen. Neal Hunt filed S-72 on Wednesday calling for four of the nine Wake school board seats to be elected on an at-large, countywide basis. The other five seats would continue to be elected on a district basis.
Hunt, who introduced a similar bill in 2007, said the purpose of his legislation is to allow voters to have a say on a majority of the school board seats.
Hunt, the Deputy Republican Leader, admits that it will be an uphill battle even getting the bill heard in the Democratic-controlled Senate. He said voters need to call legislators, especially in the Wake delegation, to ask for a hearing.
Since we're not in the short session, Hunt said it won't require unanimous support of the Wake delegation for the bill to be heard in committee.
"I want to at least have public debate on the bill," Hunt said.
Back in 2007, the bill died in committee without a hearing.