Wake Commissioner & School Board Elections 2018
In 2013, the NC legislature redrew the Wake County school board and commissioner districts. Those maps were thrown out by a District Court judge in 2016 and elections proceeded under the districts drawn after the 2010 census. You can read about the 2016 elections below. While the maps drawn in 2013 were thrown out, the judge still allowed the legislature to take another stab at them. It has been over a year and we are still waiting on new maps. We expected to see them in the fall of 2017 but no new maps have been drafted so candidates filed to run in districts used since 2010. Part of Senate Bill 325 also put all 7 commissioner seats and all 9 school board seats on the same election cycle, ending a historical trend of staggered terms. It is egregious that the NC legislature has put these boards in a position to potentially flip with one election cycle. Staggered terms protect institutional knowledge and experience and is good governance.
All 9 school board districts were on the ballot in November 2018. Two new school board members will take office: Heather Scott in district 1 that covers eastern Wake County and a new member was chosen by the board for district 7. Details below.
Board of Education 2018 Election Results:
District 1: Heather Scott
District 2: Monika Johnson-Hostler
District 3: Roxie Cash
District 4: Keith Sutton
District 5: Jim Martin
District 6: Christine Kushner
District 7: Kathy Hartenstine*
District 8: Lindsay Mahaffey
District 9: Bill Fletcher
*Board member Kathy Hartenstine passed away suddenly in late September and still appeared unopposed on the 2018 ballot. Voters elected her, allowing the school board to name her replacement. In December 2018 the school board selected Chris Heagarty to fill the vacant District 7 seat for a two year term.
Wake County 2018 Board of Commissioners Results:
All seven seats of the Wake County Commission were also on the ballot in November. County commissioners provide local funding for our public schools including capital funds for our buildings. Chair Jessica Holmes and incumbent James West ran unopposed. New commissioners were elected for districts 4 & 7.
Wake Board of Commission 2018 Election Results
District 1: Sig Hutchinson
District 2: Matt Calabria
District 3: Jessica Holmes
District 4: Susan Evans
District 5: James West
District 6: Greg Ford
District 7: Vickie Adamson
Important Facts on voting in NC:
- There is no straight ticket voting. You must mark every single candidate and turn the ballot over to finish voting.
- *Same day registration is available ONLY during Early Voting. Click here for what to bring with you to register to vote during Early Voting.
- Eligible voters can vote in one of three ways: on Election Day, absentee by mail, or at an early voting location
Wake Co. Board of Elections: www.wakegov.com/elections
Not sure if you’re registered at your current address? Need to find your polling place? Want to see your sample ballot? Visit: http://www.wakegov.com/elections/voters/Pages/default.aspx
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