State Rep. Nelson Dollar is defending his decision to work for Horace Tart's Wake school board reelection campaign.
Dollar, who runs J.N. Dollar & Associates, a media and public relations consulting firm, pointed out that he had also been a consultant in Tart's 2005 campaign.
Dollar's continued involvement with Tart has raised eyebrows with some people, especially considering he attended the Wake Schools Community Alliance's February meeting in Holly Springs.
At the February WSCA meeting, Dollar talked about his bill for at-large school board elections and the need for neighborhood schools.
This week, Dollar defended Tart, who had been embraced by board critics in 2005 but is under fire from people and groups now such as the WSCA. The WSCA pointedly endorsed John Tedesco over Tart.
"Horace, with regard to reassignment issues, has been somebody willing to listen and meet with parent groups," Dollar said. "The problem is he hasn't had four votes to make adjustments to the plan."
Dollar also said Tart has worked very hard in the area of fiscal responsibility.
Tart finds himself in what would appear to be a very competitive fight for the District 2 seat that covers Garner, Fuquay-Varina and Willow Spring.