Will a large candidate field help Horace Tart's bid to stay on the school board?
That's Tart's thinking as it looks like there could be four or more candidates vying for the District 2 seat that includes Fuquay-Varina, Garner and Willow Spring.
Tart, a builder and developer, likes his chances because three of his opponents will probably be from Garner while he's from Fuquay-Varina. Sectional loyalties have been a longtime issue in District 2.
Then again, three of the four candidates who ran in 2005 lived in or near Fuquay-Varina. That didn't help the lone Garner candidate as Tart would up winning 53 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff.
In addition to Tart, John Tedesco, a vice president with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle, and Cathy Truitt, a retired Johnston County educator, filed to run on Monday.
Arnold Osborn, an insurance agent, has said he'll run in District 2.
It will be interesting to see who endorses Tart. In 2005, he had the support of the Wake County Republican Party, the Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, the Raleigh Area Board of Realtors, Assignment By Choice and the Wake County Taxpayers Association.
All four of the mentioned District 2 candidates are registered Republicans.
While a Democrat might run in District 2, it could put the Wake County Democratic Party in a tough spot. While Tart has questioned the diversity policy at times, he has more often than not been a supporter.
Wake Schools Community Alliance has not endorsed a candidate in District 2. Joe Ciullla, member of the group's steering committee, said it's still wide open as there are other people who are also considering running in District 2.