The Wake County Democratic Party has officially kicked off the campaign season with the goal of reclaiming the majority on the school board.
As reported today in the Raleigh Public Record, "the message from party leaders and members [at Saturday's Wake County Democratic Party annual convention] was clear: This year’s election is about schools."
"The convention began with a two-hour training called Take Back Our Schools — a primer on how to lead a successful grassroots campaign to victory in October," according to the article.
Speakers, at the event at Daniels Middle School, railed against the GOP school board majority's elimination of the diversity policy.
“I don’t want to create high-poverty schools where they’re not necessary,” said Neil Riemann, rumored to be a possible school board candidate, in the article. “Since this policy was eliminated, that seems to be where we’re headed.”
The article notes how Riemann is "a parent in the Cameron Park neighborhood who welcomes the presence of students from East Raleigh at his child’s school, Wiley Elementary."
Party leaders said they want to retain the four seats now held by Democrats in addition to winning the one held by board chairman Ron Margiotta, a Republican.
“The bottom line is we have to retain those seats,” said Tammy Brunner, executive director of Wake County Democrats, in the article. “If we don’t retain them, we have no representation. Of course, we’d like to pick up the fifth seat.”