Wake County school board candidate Heather Losurdo is calling the Nov. 8 runoff election a battle to decide whether there will be "forced busing" in the district.
In an interview today on the Bill LuMaye Show on WPTF, Losurdo told the conservative talk show host that "there is a very clear choice on Nov. 8th." She then pointed to Kevin Hill's no vote on the student assignment plan as an example of what will happen if Democrats regain the board majority.
"With the four people who were elected to office on Oct. 11th, you can be sure that if my opponent wins this race there will be forced busing in Wake County," Losurdo said. "And he made that very clear in a nice bipartisan vote on this new assignment policy, that is family friendly and gives parents choice for proximity schools, that he would not vote for it.
And he stated, I forget what his exact words were, but he wants us to be able to bus kids around from school to school. He, I think, just believes that that's the best way to educate kids, where I will look at the school, the individual child, find out why they are failing, either the individual child or the school, and address that head on."
Also during the interview, Losurdo on a couple of occasions portrayed herself as the financial underdog to Hill.
"They will outspend us, but we have heart on our side and I believe this is a very winnable district for me," Losurdo said.
The final reports before Oct. 11 showed Losurdo had raised more money than Hill. But the outside help from the Wake County Democratic Party and the various 501 and 527 groups has likely put those backing Hill with more money than her side.
Also during the interview, Losurdo commented on why the Republican school board candidates did so poorly on Oct. 11.
"Some of the complacency comes in and people don't really remember how bad it was here two years ago and prior to that with the old board," Losurdo said. "It was not good and therefore you saw the uprising in 2009 where a lot of people turned out to vote, more than had ever before in an off-year election like that.
And then the pendulum swings and there were some wonderful things that happened in the last two years in our education system. The communication wasn't always great and I think people looked more at personalities and communication style than the fact of what actually happened for our kids."