Wake County school board chairman Ron Margiotta's predictions about next year's election results are newsier than his inclination to not run again.
As noted in today's article, Margiotta told the crowd Thursday at the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce event that he's leaning 95 percent against seeking a third term next year. It's something he's been saying for awhile, including in a December article.
But Margiotta also predicted the majority will pick up two seats next year. He told WRAL that he thinks they'll win the seats now held by Kevin Hill and Anne McLaurin.
Hill's district, which includes Wakefield and a good chunk of northeast Raleigh, is an area that's expected to draw a lot of interest from both sides next year.
McLaurin's South Central Raleigh district is about as Inside the Beltline as you can get. It's traditionally been a stronghold for supporters of the old diversity policy, something McLaurin noted.
"I don't think my district is supportive of Mr. Margiotta's policies or the way he does business," McLaurin told WRAL.
What could shake things up will be the new district boundaries that will be drawn up and used next year. Hill's district will be shrunk while McLaurin's district will have to expand to balance out populations.
The districts held by the other minority members, Carolyn Morrison and Keith Sutton, would also have to expand.