This week's scheduled vote on the new Wake County school board redistricting proposal could have a major impact on this fall's election.
As noted in today's article, the new maps move some possible candidates into new districts. It could cause at least one incumbent not to run and impact the decisions of other prospective candidates.
The new maps muddy the waters for some potential candidates who support the old diversity policy.
Let's take the case of school board member Anne McLaurin, who has said she's leaning toward running for re-election in District 5. But the new maps change her boundaries enough that she might be less willing to run.
Neil Riemann, an ally of McLaurin, has been considering running should she not seek another term. But the plan moves Riemann's precinct into District 6, now held by board member Carolyn Morrison.
Morrison hasn't announced if she'll run again
While Riemann could run in District 6, especially if Morrison bows out, that would put him at odds with Anne Sherron.
Sherron, an ally of Morrison, said she won't decide until June if she'll run in District 6. Sherron is a Republican but her support for the old diversity policy puts her at odds with the GOP leadership. If she ran, Sherron said she's not sure she'd want or ask for the Republican Party's endorsement in what's a non-partisan race.
The plan also moves Jim Martin, who has been considering a possible run in District 8 against board chairman Ron Margiotta. He would now find himself in District 5, forcing Democrats to find an alternative in District 8.
While some prospective candidates have been moved, the new plan leaves GOP candidate Heather Losurdo on the border of District 3, allowing her to continue her bid against board member Kevin Hill.
The board will discuss redistricting during Tuesday's work session. But only 30 minutes has been set aside on the agenda for the issue.
The agenda for the special called board meeting that starts at 4:30 p.m. calls for a vote on the redistricting plan.
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