How Cathy Truitt went from saying that John Tedesco would resegregate the school system to now endorsing him is an interesting story.
As noted in today's article, Truitt said she changed her mind after speaking with Tedesco on Tuesday night. But Tedesco says he didn't tell her anything different from what he has said during the campaign.
Let's go back in time to Monday.
At Monday's press conference, Truitt had less than flattering things to say about Tedesco and the new board majority. She told the media that voter dissatisfaction with the school system's diversity policy was unwittingly leading to a path toward resegregated schools.
"The community has to be careful of what it's asking for," Truitt said Monday. "They may get what they don't want."
Truitt's original plan was to submit a letter saying she was dropping out of the race. That would have meant the election would go on with the school board filling the seat if Truitt got the most votes.
Truitt said she had the letter in her hands outside the Wake County Board of Elections for a half hour on Tuesday as she debated whether to submit it. She was questioning whether the original letter was sufficient or if she should do more, prompting her to call Tedesco and ask to meet with him that night.
During the meeting, Truitt said Tedesco told her that he would not resegregate the schools. She said he also agreed that he'd support policies that would create 21st Century schools.
Perhaps even more importantly, Truitt said Tedesco agreed to work with Greater Garner Advocates, the group that had backed her. They had stood with her at Monday's press conference to warn that pure neighborhood schools would lead to resegregation.
Greater Garner Advocates members were standing with Truitt, Tedesco, school board member Horace Tart and school board candidate Carlene Lucas at Wednesday's press conference.
Former school board member Amy White, a member of Greater Garner Advocates, said Wednesday it's important now to have a seat at the table and for the group's voice to be heard. This is the second board election in a row that the candidate backed by the group has lost.
Tedesco said he'll listen to Greater Garner Advocates, like he'd listen to any other group. But he said it doesn't give them any greater voice.
Truitt said she wanted to continued to be involved in district issues, both as a member of Greater Garner Advocates and as an education advisor to Tedesco. When asked by a reporter if he'd accept her as an advisor, Tedesco sidestepped the question by saying he'd be glad to hear advice from people senior to him. He noted he was the youngest adult at the press conference.
In the end, Tedesco is still running his campaign to make sure he gets the most votes on Nov. 3 unless he hears from the state Board of Elections that the runoff is not needed.
UPDATED POST TO MAKE IT CLEARER ABOUT HER WAITING TO SUBMIT LETTER