Some prominent local officials are putting their money into this fall's school board races.
Campaign finance reports filed last month show a local who's who of Democrats and left-leaning unaffiliated voters among the donors for school board candidates Rita Rakestraw and Lois Nixon. Based on the report, both candidates seem to have deeper war chests right now than their opponents.
The latest reports from most candidats show relaively small amounts raised so far. The exceptions were Rakestraw, Nixon and Horace Tart.
Rakestraw has the most money so far, having raised $10,082 in the District 1 race.
Rakestraw's contributors include Raleigh City Councilman Rodger Koopman, Knightdale Mayor Russell Killen, Raleigh City Councilwoman Nancy McFarlane, Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker and state Sen. Josh Stein. She also got donations from the campaign committees of Raleigh Councilman Russ Stephenson and Wake County Commissioner Stan Norwalk.
Nixon doesn't have quite as much cash as Rakestraw in her District 9 run, but records show she's raised $3,922.
Nixon's donors include former Wake County Commissioner Yevonne Brannon, former school board member Susan Parry, WakeUP Wake County Exec. Dir. Karen Rindge and Russ Stephenson's campaign committee.
In District 2, Horace Tart reported having $3,602. The money is apparently carried over from his successful 2005 campaign.
In District 9, Debra Goldman reported raising $470.
In District 1, Chris Malone reported $350.
The other candidates had even less money reported. The real test will come Sept. 1 when candidates who are spending more than $3,000 must file a report.
Click here for Rakestraw's report.
Clikch here for Nixon's report.
Click here for Tart's report.
Click here for Goldman's report.
Click here for Malone's report.