Phil Matthews' willingness to fully align himself with the new Wake County school board majority may have been what put him over the top in the District 2 GOP primary for county commissioner.
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, Matthews ran as a strong supporter of the school board's move to community schools. He bested Phil Jeffreys, who supported mass conversion of schools to a year-round calendar, and Champ Claris, who said he wanted more info from the school board.
"The school board, they were duly elected, they have just been in office a few months, and they are doing what they were elected to do," Matthews said. "I think we need to give them time to put their plan in action."
Mattherws will take on Democratic incumbent Lindy Brown, who has come out in opposition to the school board's abandonment of the diversity policy. She had joined her fellow Democrats in last month's party line vote passing a resolution warning that the school board majority's plan could resegregate schools.
Similar sharp divides over how the commissioners view the school board will play out in the other three races on the ballot in November.