As noted in today's article, some inflammatory things are being said by the candidates and their backers in that contested race for county commissioner. Many of those accusations revolve around how both men would deal with school funding if they're elected next week.
"Stan Norwalk will give the school system a blank check," said Kathleen Brennan, a co-founder of Wake CARES, which is backing Gardner. "Norwalk basically supports everything the school system wants."
Or how about school board member Lori Millberg's assertion that the current GOP majority on the commissioners is hurting education by not providing enough money.
"I feel with the current slate, there are four of them, we really don't get a fair shake," Millberg said. "The current slate is just not wiling to be open minded and work with us. That's why Stan Norwalk would help."
Millberg said commissioners underfunded the school system's request by $36 million this year so they could have enough money to "get their precious $400 million courthouse."
Norwalk wouldn't say that he would have backed the school board's full $54.7 million increase. He said he would have worked with other commissioners to find a solution to the problem.
Gardner said the school board had proposed a $54.7 million increase to try to paint the commissioners as being unsympathetic to education.