The Wake County school board voted 6-2 this afternoon to appoint Bill Fletcher to fill the District 9 vacancy, replacing Debra Goldman.
Fletcher got the votes of all six Democratic members. Board chairman Keith Sutton said he was impressed by Fletcher's 12 years of experience on the board and his support for avoiding high concentrations of poverty in schools.
None of the two Republican board members backed Fletcher. Deborah Prickett voted for Jim Pomernaz, a Democrat, and John Tedesco voted for Lois Nixon, who is unaffiliated.
Tedesco said the Democratic majority picked a "token Republican." Tedesco said Nixon, who has opposed the board on several issues, was more of a moderate who would move Wake forward while Fletcher would move Wake backwards.