To no one's surprise, the school system is a campaign issue among the candidates for county commissioner.
In particular, sides are being drawn in the hotly contested race between incumbent Republican Kenn Gardner and Democratic challenger Stan Norwalk. Gardner is supported by critics of the district and Norwalk is backed by supporters.
Norwalk is talking a good deal about education in his campaign spots.
In one radio ad, Norwalk fires directly at Gardner.
"[Gardner] keeps promising to support education and consistently votes against needed funding for our schools," said a woman in a radio ad.
"Stan Norwalk understands that education is key to our economic future and that's why he's been endorsed by the Wake County teachers," the woman says later in the ad.
It's more technically correct to say that Norwalk is endorsed by Wake NCAE, which has about 5,000 members, most of whom are teachers. That's out of around 9,700 teachers in the district.
Norwalk is more general in his criticism in his YouTube spot.
"Due to chronic underfunding, parents' dissatisfaction with public schools is growing. Mandatory year-round and frequent reassignments split our community. The endless bickering by the Board of Commissioners and the Board of Education further erodes the public confidence. Understandable discontent is fanned by those who want to tear down the entire public school system.
"The solution to this problem lies in a system where growth pays for growth. I will fight for impact fees on new growth to fund school construction and I will focus existing resources inside the classroom where they belong," Norwalk says in the spot.
Gardner has his education supporters as well, including school board member Ron Margiotta, who is backing the three GOP candidates for commissioner. Margiotta attended a meet and greet rally on Saturday for the candidates.
The outcome of this one contest could determine which party controls the board of commissioners for the next two years.