Jessica Holmes, a Democratic candidate for the Wake County Board of Commissioners, is going after Republican Commissioner Rich Gianni for not having voted in last fall’s $810 million school construction bond referendum.
In a radio ad that will begin airing Wednesday, a woman who sounds a lot like Yevonne Brannon says “Jessica’s opponent didn’t bother to show up and vote in last year’s school bond referendum.” A second woman in the ad responds “he didn’t vote?”
North Carolina State Board of Elections records show that Gianni is the only one of the eight candidates running for the board of commissioners this year who didn’t cast a ballot in the October 2013 bond referendum. Last year’s election, which drew 15.4 percent of the voters, saw the school bond pass with 57.7 percent of the vote.
Gianni, a corporate chief financial officer, was appointed to the board this year to replace Tony Gurley, who resigned to take a job in the McCrory Administration.
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Click here to listen to the radio ad, which says that Holmes, an attorney for the N.C. Association of Educators, is “clearly the best candidate for education.” The ad calls Holmes “an education attorney fighting every day for our children and our teachers.”