The future of the Wake County school system took what could be a major change with tonight’s election results.
The Democratic sweep of all four Wake County Board of Commissioners seats on tonight’s ballot means a new majority that talked repeatedly during the campaign about investing more in public education. A 7-0 majority means Democrats don’t have to worry about losing control until at least 2018.
“This means Wake County is ready for a change,” new Wake County Commissioner Matt Calabria said this evening. “Voters understood the importance of investing in our people and our infrastructure.”
The fact that at least four Wake County school board members and the husband of another board member donated to the Democratic candidates indicates just how much school leaders were banking on tonight’s outcome.
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But the new few years will also be a test of how much the school board is willing to ask and how much commissioners are willing to provide. For instance, new Wake County Commissioner Sig Hutchinson said tonight that they’ll work to represent all the people in the county.
“I don’t want anyone to think that just because we’re in the majority that means we don’t want everybody’s voice at the table.” Hutchinson said.