Wake Democrats and Republicans are getting into the act for this fall's school board races.
Wake County Republican Party Chairman Claude Pope fired the first shot in April when he announced the GOP "will vigorously support School Board candidates who actively support the concept of neighborhood schools."
The Wake County Democratic Party is gearing up as well now to back candidates who would largely preserve current school board policies.
Wake Democratic Chairman Jack Nichols showed up at the Board of Elections on Monday to give encouragement to Karen Simon as she filed to run for school board. Simon is the Democratic secretary/treasurer for her precinct.
"We're supporting candidates who promote Democratic ideals," Nichols said.
The Wake Democratic Party also promoted Simon's candidate filing for the District 7 seat on its web site.
Simon is running against Deborah Prickett and Jerry Ballan.
In addition to Simon, you can also expect the Wake Democratic Party to back Rita Rakestraw in District 1 and Lois Nixon in District 9. No Democrats have yet filed in District 2.
Pope has said the GOP will back Republicans and Independents for the school board. One issue is whether the GOP will pick one candidate in races such as Districts 1 and 2 where multiple Republicans have filed.
In recent years, the Wake Republican Party has picked sides in races, angering the GOP candidates who aren't endorsed. The Wake Democrats have traditionally backed all Democrats who run, even when there's multiple people vying for the same seat.
Another issue is whether the GOP back Ballan, a registered Republican, or Prickett, a registered unaffiliated voter. If the GOP backs Ballan, it could split the opposition vote against Simon as Prickett is backed by the Wake Schools Community Alliance.
Changed Prickett's voter status to unaffiliated from independent.