The four Democratic candidates for Wake County commissioner traveled to eastern Wake County Sunday, but their visits drew little notice.
Sig Hutchinson, running against Republican Joe Bryan in the District 1 race that includes eastern Wake County; John Burns, challenging Paul Coble in District 7; Matt Calabria, facing off against Phil Matthews in District 2; and Jessica Holmes, squaring off against Rich Gianni in District 3, say they plan to visit all 12 Wake County municipalities over the next few weeks.
If Sunday’s tour of Wendell, Knightdale and Zebulon is any indication, though, they may have a difficult time attracting attention. Only one person showed up to speak to the candidates at each of the three stops. At the first stop, at Knightdale Station Park, Burns said he saw some women at the park with their children and took the initiative to ask them their thoughts on issues in this November’s election. “They weren’t there to see us specifically, but we took the time to introduce ourselves and ask them what issues were on their minds. To a person, education is at the top of everyone’s list,” Burns said.
Hutchinson said the Sunday afternoon tour was put together quickly on Thursday and word of the visit only started getting out on Friday. But he said it’s important to get to all parts of the county to meet voters because the candidates, though they represent specific geographical districts, are elected county-wide.
Calabria said Sunday’s visit to eastern Wake County won’t be the only time the candidates visit the region this elections season. “We’ll be back. It’s important that get out here as much as we can,” Calabria said. He downplayed the notion that the group is running as a single slate. “We have done a lot of things together, but it’s really just a matter of the fact that we all really like each other and get along well with each other. I think all of us would make really good commissioners,” Calabria said.
Holmes, who attended stops in Knightdale and Wendell, left the tour before the group arrived in Zebulon.