Record amounts of campaign cash are already flowing into the Wake County school board races with a month of fundraising still to go.
As noted in today's article, the individual candidates have raised a record total of more than $238,000 so far. That's more than the $167,000 raised by candidates in 2007 and the $155,000 raised in 2009.
With the political parties and political action committees also actively raising cash, it's likely this year's final total will exceed the more than $340,000 in overall school board election money raised in 2009.
“I think what used to be considered a sort of backwater not only of politics but also of municipal politics, school board races specifically, have become highly competitive races about issues that are important to at least a sizeable portion of the county’s population,” said N.C. State political scientist Andy Taylor about the money raised so far.
Around a third of the money this year has come from five donors. John and Ann Campbell gave $48,000 to Democratic candidates and the Wake Citizens for Good Government PAC. Art Pope, his wife Katherine and Bob Luddy gave $40,000 to Republican candidates.
“I hope that the money will be used to educate the voters and encourage a higher voter turnout and that the informed voters will choose an excellent school board,” said Art Pope. “I hope that the school board is successful in improving education in Wake County; they are working hard to do that.”
The Campbells did not return calls for comment.
For some of you guys who are wondering about Jim Goodmon and didn't see the prior post, he's only recorded as donating $1,000 so far to Keith Sutton. But Goodmon is a host at Thursday's Wake County Democratic Party fundraiser.
In terms of individual candidates, Christine Kushner and Ron Margiotta have become the third and fourth candidates to have raised more than $40,000 in a Wake a school board race. The other two candidates had mixed success.
Luddy raised nearly $80,000 but lost in 1997. Horace Tart raised more than $45,000 and won in 2005.