How much of a priority should the Wake County school board place in not putting incumbents in the same district during this year's redistricting process?
As noted in today's article by Thomas Goldsmith, the guidelines adopted by the board recommend, but do not mandate, that districts shouldn’t pit incumbents against each other. But school board Chairman Ron Margiotta said he thinks representing voters should come before protecting any individual officeholder.
The redistricting process could be made much sticker based on some new information that Margiotta says they received on the issue.
The major reason this particular guideline was adopted in February was based on legal advice from school board attorney Ann Majestic that redistricting out a board member would have immediate consequences. She said the board member would not be able to finish out his/her term, resulting in questions about adequate representation.
Since then, Margiotta says they've gotten some new legal information that a board member who is redistricted out would still be able to finish his/her term.
It would be awkward for a board member whose term runs through 2013 to hang on that long in this scenario. But it wouldn't pose as much of a problem if the board member in question only had to serve out through this November.
Supporters o the board minority have speculated that the majority will try to put Anne McLaurin and Keith Sutton in the same district.
Supporters of the board majority have speculated that McLaurin and Carolyn Morrison are delaying announcing if they'll run again to help some candidates who'd run in their place.