Both Wake County Commissioner Paul Coble and challenger Jack Nichols are talking about education in their campaign material.
In a television ad, Coble, a Republican, introduces himself and says "we all want our tax dollars spent wisely to strengthen the economy and create new jobs." He adds that "I've stopped over $40 million of wasteful spending and reinvested it in our schools to make them stronger."
In this campaign mailer, Nichols, a Democrat, asks "what's going on with education in Wake County?" He says he'll "restore sanity and civility." He promotes a "third way."
Nichols, a past chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, has been a sharp critic of the Republican school board majority. In the mailer, Nichols touts how the Wake County school system has been an engine for economic development but says that "the prosperity that we have enjoyed is threatened by partisan fights and failed leadership."
"Leadership is about listening to people and building consensus for policies that are fair, based on research, and make sense," Nichols says in the mailer. "Our children, our tax dollars, and our economic future are too important to make our schools the chief battleground in ideological warfare."
Nichols says that a third way for schools can be found "that moves us beyond division on assignments, and puts our focus on student achievement."
Nichols, who served on the board of commissioners from 1990 to 1994, lists past accomplishments such as "adopted salary supplements to attract and retain the best teachers" and "funded magnet schools to fill empty inner city schools."
UPDATED WITH COLOR VERSION OF NICHOLS' MAILER
Here's the text of Coble's other TV ad:
"I'm Paul Coble. My daughters got a great education in the Wake County school system. In tough times I've worked hard to make sure our schools were a top priority and pass a budget that will help keep our schools strong. I'm Paul Coble."