Election Day is still four months away, but the majority of Wake County school board members have already won their contests.
The nearly month-long filing period for candidates ended Friday with five of the nine school board members not getting any opponents for this fall.
School board chairwoman Monika Johnson Hostler and board members Bill Fletcher, Kathy Hartenstine, Christine Kushner and Keith Sutton will run unopposed on the Nov. 6 ballot for two-year terms.
School board vice chairman Jim Martin and board members Roxie Cash and Lindsay Mahaffey will face opposition this fall.
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Board member Don Agee decided not to seek a second term for the District 1 seat that covers Wake Forest, Rolesville and much of eastern Wake. Three candidates will compete for the open seat.
Regardless of this fall's election results there will likely be little change in the board's direction. The officially nonpartisan board has a Democratic majority, with Republicans Cash and Fletcher typically siding with the majority on issues.
The lack of contested races is a far cry from the 2009 and 2011 elections, when the Wake school board races made national headlines and generated large amounts of campaign spending. In 2009, a Republican majority gained control, with Democrats retaking control of North Carolina's largest school district in 2011.
In 2013, the General Assembly rewrote the election lines for the school board. Critics, including those who filed a lawsuit challenging the new lines, said the new maps were an attempt by state lawmakers to help put a Republican majority back in control of the school board.
Federal courts declared the new Wake maps unconstitutional and allowed the school board to use the election lines that had been in place before the legislature rewrote them.
Candidates must live within the district they they want to represent. Wake County residents can only vote for the seat that's in their district.
Find your polling place online at www.ncsbe.gov.
Who are the candidates?
▪ Donald Mial
▪ Heather Scott
▪ Jim Thompson
▪ Monika Johnson-Hostler, incumbent
▪ Roxie Cash, incumbent
▪ Shaun Pollenz
▪ Keith A. Sutton, incumbent
▪ Jim Martin, incumbent
▪ Logan T. Martin
▪ Christine Kushner, incumbent
▪ Kathy Hartenstine, incumbent
▪ John M. Crowe
▪ Lindsay Mahaffey, incumbent
▪ Bob Melone
▪ Bill Fletcher, incumbent