Wake County school issues and next year's county commissioners' races are about to be inextricably linked.
Joe Ciulla, a leader of the Wake Schools Community Alliance, said the group plans to be involved in next year's election to back commissioners who will help the new school board majority carry out its campaign pledges. The WSCA helped elect all four new school board members this year.
Jack Nichols, chairman of the Wake County Democratic Party, said he's also expecting the school system to be a major part of next year's commissioners' races.
Nichols said he's been recruiting candidates. Don Mial has stepped forward for the Democrats to announce he'll run for the District 1 seat now held by Republican Joe Bryan.
Bryan said he'll run for his third term on the board of commissioners. Bryan defeated Mial by a 54-46 margin in 2006.
In addition to Bryan, Republicans Paul Coble and Tony Gurley and Democrat Lindy Brown are also up for re-election in 2010. The election could break what's expected to be a divisive board in which Gurley was elected chairman despite the Democrats holding a 4-3 majority.