It looks like Wake County school board candidate Venita Peyton is going to have to rely on an online campaign in the absence of much campaign cash.
In a post today on her Outside The Box blog, Peyton writes that "the 2011 School Board race is shaping up to be a choice between two types of candidates: those for children and those for power." She rips into NCAE, the old school board and prior superintendents for "low student achievement and high dropouts for the past decade."
On her campaign website, Peyton explains her decision to not attend Thursday's District 4 forum sponsored by WakeUP Wake County, the League of Women Voters of Wake County and the Southeast Raleigh Assembly:
"1. Most candidates are asked from a given set of possibilities. No one asked: they simply TOLD me the format, when and where it will be held. Well, I disagree. First – my District 4 has the largest number of children bused across Wake County and some of the most unforgiving time. That’s important, because its unfair to parents who can’t attend. Why? Because they have children’s homework to contend with. And school projects. And preparing the whole family for the next day. Remember: some children are at a bus stop at 5:40 am.
Also – older taxpayers in my community head to bed before and after 8 pm. They don’t like to go out at night. So for both groups, a weekend would be better.
2. WakeUp has not performed anything of value to my District. For that reason, they are partnering with the Democratically controlled Southeast Raleigh Assembly. The ‘mediator’ or questioner is the League of Women Voters.
All 3 of these groups are 501(c)3 and ‘supposedly’ nonpartisan.
These group ‘get-together’ forums and questionnaires have been much too sterile. They repeatedly ask us all the same thing, without making my challenger answer questions about his voting record."
Peyton is the only one of the 14 school board candidates who has refused to attend a forum, according to Karen Rindge, executive director of WakeUP Wake. Rindge said two of the candidates have indicated they might not be able to attend but will try to participate.
In Peyton's absence, Rindge said the District 4 forum will likely become more of a community discussion in which people ask questions directed toward school board member Keith Sutton.