In a press release sent Tuesday, Wake GOP Chairman Claude Pope Jr. says they need to "work extra hard to ensure the new school board will have the critical new leadership to bring back neighborhood schools and stop the costly busing policy which keeps critical resources from getting to disadvantaged schools."
The Wake County Democratic Party didn't officially endorse anyone in District 2 because only Republicans and one Libertarian were on the ballot. But some individual Democrats are rallying around Cathy Truitt now.
Here's the GOP press release:
“FINISH THE JOB AND ELECT TEDESCO AND ROBINSON
ON NOVEMBER 3” SAYS GOP CHAIRMAN POPE
RALEIGH, N.C. -- “Finish the job and elect John Tedesco to the Wake County School Board on November 3 in the runoff election,” said Wake GOP Chairman Claude E. Pope, Jr. tonight at a meeting of the Wake County GOP Executive Committee.
“We are thrilled at the results of the October school board elections where three Republican-endorsed candidates were elected outright, and the fourth, John Tedesco (District 2) won more votes than the second and third finishers combined. But Tedesco was just a few votes short of the 50% margin which would have eliminated any chance of a runoff.”
And we are anxious to assist Jennifer Robinson, another GOP-endorsed candidate who was just four votes short of enough to avoid a runoff in her election for District A Town Council in Cary, as well as John Tedesco in his race for school board,” Pope continued.
“We are thrilled with the great successes of the GOP-endorsed candidates which included Chris Malone (District 1 school board), Debra Goldman (District 9 school board), Deborah Prickett (District 7 school board), John Odom (District B Raleigh City Council) and Jack Smith (District C Cary Town Council),” reported Pope.
But Chairman Pope reminded the committee members of the work left to do, including endorsed candidates who are running for election on November 3 as well as Tedesco and Robinson. He urged members to double their volunteer efforts, working precincts and telephones to ensure the 2009 election successes are indeed the best ever!
”We have to make the same effort next month on behalf of Mike Jones, Lance Olive and Gene Schulze who are running for Apex Town Council. In Fuquay-Varina we are backing Cindy Shelton for Board of Commissioners. We need to get out the vote in Garner for Town Council candidates Arnie Osbourne and Kathy Beringer. In Holly Springs we have endorsed Mayoral candidate Dick Sears and Town Council candidates Vinnie DeBenedetto, Tracy Goodwin and Linda Hunt Williams, and we will be working to ensure they win their seats. Finally in Morrisville we will be out in force to support at large Council Candidate Tom Murry and District 2 candidate Mark Stohlman.
The Chairman also spoke about the still undecided races: “I am disappointed with the two runoff elections since none of the opponents to Tedesco and Robinson were close to winning. But we must simply work extra hard to ensure the new school board will have the critical new leadership to bring back neighborhood schools and stop the costly busing policy which keeps critical resources from getting to disadvantaged schools, Pope concluded. “Both John Tedesco and Jennifer Robinson will demonstrate strong decisive leadership which will not be deterred from doing the jobs they will be elected to do.”