Rita Rakestraw may run again for a seat on the Wake County school board.
Rakestraw, who lost the District 1 race in October to Chris Malone, said Monday she's put her campaign committee on hiatus as she mulls whether to run again. One indication that she may run again is that her final campaign report shows she still has $9,670.70 left of the $29,634.74 she had raised.
Rakestraw had raised the most money of any school board candidate last year although John Tedesco spent more than her.
Rakestraw got more money than Malone, who had raised $18,186 and spent $18,056.12.
Rakestraw got 35.6 percent of the vote. Malone got 58.4 percent. Debbie Vair got 5.9 percent.
"I would not have done anything differently, but I would hope that the voting public is aware of how important every vote is," Rakestraw said.
Jack Nichols, chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, noted that Rakestraw had gotten 2,397 votes compared to the 1,493 votes that Lori Millberg had received in October 2005. Millberg would later get 3,055 votes to win the runoff.
Malone's term doesn't expire until 2013. But whether Rakestraw remains in District 1 could change after redistricting in 2011.
Unsuccessful candidates don't usually win when they run again for the school board. The last time a candidate won on the second try was in 1997 when Kathryn Watson Quigg took the seat that she had previously run for in 1993.