Ron Margiotta was re-elected chairman of the Wake County school board in a 5-4 vote today over Kevin Hill.
There had been heavy lobbying for the chair's slot. Hill in particular had lobbied Debra Goldman to cross party lines to back him. The votes were done by written ballot and will be made public later.
Multiple votes are being made to determine a vice chair among John Tedesco, Keith Sutton, Chris Malone and Goldman. It appears the Democrats are sticking with Sutton while the Republicans are fracturing their support.
Deborah Prickett got a vote on the eighth balllot for a five-way race.
We're starting the 15th ballot now with some Democrats getting votes to go along with Sutton. Presumably some Republicans would rather pick a Democrat at this point than unify behind one person. If they unified, presumably Margiotta would pick the Republican nnd break the tie.
They've recessed after the 16th ballot. We'll see if anything takes place before they come back.
During the recess, I checked on the earlier votes.
The board chair vote was along party lines.
The first round of the vice chair vote had all four Democrats voting for Sutton. Goldman voted for herself and the other three Republicans voted for Tedesco.
One of the Democrats compromised on round two and voted for a Republican making it a 3-3-2 split.
Since then, the Democrats have all hung together for Sutton and the Republicans have voted across the board.
The recess didn't solve things. The 17th ballot was split four ways.
After 30 rounds of voting there's still no resolution.
We've just finished round 41. While I haven't checked the votes since the recess it's likely that Goldman is still refusing to back Tedesco which would result in a tie that Margiotta could break.
Of the first 47 rounds, 22 of them have seen Sutton with four votes, Tedesco with three and Goldman with one.
They took a recess after the 50th vote. Majestic says the board can't move on to the regular meeting without first completing the annual meeting.
A 26-minute recess failed to accomplish anything as the 51st ballot again had four for Sutton, three for Tedesco and one for Goldman.
Tedesco was elected vice chairman on the 56th ballot after Goldman announced she would stop voting for herself. She voted for Tedesco to make a 4-4 tie that Margiotta broke.
It's late so I'll blog more about the vote and other stuff on Wednesday.