The candidate field for the District 1 school board race is getting crowded and possibly a little muddied.
As noted in today's North Raleigh News article, three candidates plan to run active campaigns. In addition to Chris Malone and Rita Rakestraw, you can add Debbie Vair to the list of people who want to replace Lori Millberg, who is not running for another term.
With Vair apparently reaching out to the same people as Malone, things could get easier for Rakestraw on Election Day.
Vair, 48, is the PTA president of Sanford Creek Elementary School in Rolesville and the marketing/membership coordinator for the Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club.
Vair's name should be familiar to some because she was a leader in the fight against plans to build Forest Ridge High School on Forestville Road. The neighbors had argued a school shouldn't be built there because they believe a slave cemetery is on that site.
Vair said she's been interested in running since before the Forest Ridge fight. While she said she'd urge the board to not build the high school, she says that's not why she plans to run for the board seat.
Vair said there's too much busing that prevents children from going to schools near where the live. She said there's too much reassignment.
Vair said too many families have been forced to go to year-round schools and accept split tracks for siblings.
Now if that sounds familiar, it's similar to the message being given by Chris Malone and the Wake Schools Community Alliance. Malone was endorsed by the WSCA before Vair announced her plan to run.
A third candidate would make it harder for one person to get a majority on Election Day. There's a greater likelihood now of a runoff taking place between Rakestraw, who supports the diversity policy, and either Malone or Vair.
(As a reminder, I'm on vacation this week. All the posts that have run this week were written last week. For instance, the Osborn post was written based on his stated intention to issue a press release Monday.)