Will it be it harder to change the direction of the school board without incumbents to run against?
As noted in today's article, that's a concern of school board member Ron Margiotta. He's concerned that the lack of incumbents seven months from now could take some of the energy out of the campaign.
“If the election was in March, we could run four warm bodies and win,” Margiotta said in the article. “The challenge is keeping the interest alive until October.”
On the other hand, Dennis Berwyn of Take Wake Schools Back said there are some advantages to not facing an incumbent. He said prospective candidates might feel they won't have to raise as much money running against other newcomers.
Joe Ciulla of Wake Schools Community Alliance said candidates will obviously have to do things differently if they're not going against an incumbent.
But Ciulla said the opposition is also faced with constraints in how its candidates can campaign for the board.
"I don't think the opposition can with good conscience campaign on what people want to hear — neighborhood schools and against mandatory assignment — and then do the opposite when they're elected," Ciulla said.
Then again, more than a few would-be critics of the school board over the years have changed their views after being elected.