Is Cathy Truitt going to drop out of the District 2 school board runoff election?
Truitt said today that she's holding a Monday press conference to announce whether she'll continue in the race against John Tedesco. She says she's spending the weekend considering what to say on Monday.
“I’m weighing my options,” Truitt said today. “I have heard from so many people who are concerned about resegregation of the schools.”
Truitt received 23.8 percent of the vote on Oct. 6. Tedesco got 49.4 percent of the vote, falling 43 votes shy of a majority needed to avoid a runoff.
Truitt reemphasized today that forced busing is dead. But she said that going to pure neighborhood schools would lead to resegregation. She said she's helping stimulate a discussion on finding a third way.
“People didn’t believe there was a choice between forced busing and resegregation of neighborhood schools,” Truitt said. “Now they’re beginning to see there’s a choice.”
Whether Monday's press conference will lead to Truitt dropping out or is an attempt to get publicity remains to be seen. She could announce Monday that so many people want her to be a voice against resegregation that she's staying on even though the odds are long.
Wake County Board of Elections Director Cherie Poucher said it's too late for a candidate to be removed from the Nov. 3 ballot. If Truitt submits a written letter saying she's withdrawing, tnen any votes she receives would not count.