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Tonight's school board candidate forum

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Tonight provides a rare chance to see most of the Wake school board candidates in one place.

Candidates from all four races have been invited to attend the forum sponsored by the Wake County PTA Council, the League of Women Voters of Wake County, the Junior League of Raleigh, the YWCA of the Greater Triangle and El Pueblo.

The forum will run from 7-9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 2723 Clark Avenue in Raleigh.


WPTF, 680 AM, plans to broadcast the forum live. You should also be able to listen on the station's web site.


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it WAS awful...but Deborah

it WAS awful...but Deborah Prickett ROCKED!!!!!

I agree. She sounded very

I agree. She sounded very well informed, experienced and confident in her appealling positions. She stood out from the rest, especially her opponent, Simon.

Well done, Mrs. Prickett!!

But you are paid to say

But you are paid to say that.

paid to say that?

Can you spell grassroots?  We are a group of parents donating money out of the grocery budget, asking neighbors one by one to put signs in their yards, handing out flyers...  who is getting paid here?

Deborah Prickett is a great choice

and liked her responses.

I wasn't paid to say that but can I get a check anyway?

I'd like it to donate it to a textbook and paper fund - I hear the schools could use some :-)

I am? Is the check in the

I am? Is the check in the mail?

I seem to keep asking you this: What are you talking about?

WPTF doesn't need to be broadcasting anything

as important as this.  Between Martinez flapping her gums over top of the questions and answers, the cut outs for for commercials and the TERRIBLE audio it was hard to tell if it was the Bulls game or a truck pull!


Doesn't the staff of

Doesn't the staff of WPTF include professional audio engineers? Did they all take the day off? It was amatuer hour in terms of sound quality.

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T. Keung Hui covers Wake schools.