The new Wake County school board members are saying their victories on Tuesday represent public frustration over the actions of the last two years by the board majority.
As noted in today's article, Jim Martin said that the five Democratic candidates offered tangible ideas for improving the school system while Republicans were throwing out soundbites and playing politics.
"The voters didn't want anymore partisanship," Martin said. "I've always said you can trust the educated voters."
Martin said the board majority, particularly Margiotta, were hurt by the way they conducted business. He said they used the legitimate issue of promoting stability in student assignment and turned it into a political issue.
"This is a board that complained about the arrogance of prior boards but took arrogance to a whole new level."
Martin said he'd hope the board majority would talk with the new members before adopting the new student assignment plan. He pointed to how the new members, before they took office in 2009, had complained that the prior board was going ahead with the decision to build Forest Ridge High School over their objections.
Susan Evans said the victory over board chairman Ron Margiotta was the culmination of two years of effort by groups worried about the changes being made by the board majority.
"This represents a lot of effort on the part of people who felt the community needed to heal, and they all rallied around me," Evans said.
Christine Kushner said she and her fellow Democrats ran an issues-oriented campaign.
"Our message resonated that we wanted to end the divisiveness and we wanted stronger governance on the board," Kushner said.