Politics & Government

George-Bowden, Wagstaff defeated in Durham schools race

Voters cast ballots for change Tuesday night, with incumbents Regina George-Bowden and Jacqueline Wagstaff both failing to beat out their opponents with 58 of 59 precincts reporting. Incumbent Steve Martin ran unopposed in District 4.

Voters also chose Kirsten Kainz for District 3, preserving the seven-member board's white majority, which many thought might change with black candidate Phillip Graham running a strong race in the majority white district.

Voters said they had grown weary of the board's constant bickering and dysfunction. As the school system prepares this June to have its first new superintendent in a decade, many Durham residents said they wanted knew board members as well.