I doubt it's going to be a surprise to anyone that Venita Peyton was not among the favorites on Wednesday to fill Rosa Gill's seat on the school board.
As noted in today's article by Ray Martin, Keith Sutton was the board's choice. He was the clear favorite in all three written ballots.
On the first ballot, board members were asked to pick four people on a weighted system with four points for the top choice, three points for the second choice and so on.
Only the top four point-getters on the first ballot continued on.
Sutton, legislative affairs program manager for the N.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, had 23 points. Retired principal Lillian Lee had 13 points. Retired principal Alice Garrett had nine points. Lynette Aytch, a director in the state's Smart Start program, got eight points.
Only the top two in the second round advanced with Sutton getting 10 points and Lee getting seven points.
In the final ballot, Sutton got five votes. Lee got two votes.
The ballots are all public but it wasn't announced Wednesday how each board member voted. I'll get the breakdown for the final vote.
Of the nine applicants, Sutton did seem to have the edge in political experience. In 2008, he served as an outreach director for Gov. Beverly Perdue's campaign and as a political director for the N.C. Democratic Party.
The job Sutton holds now with the state is essentially a lobbying position for his agency.