Sheriff, mayor endorse Tedesco

October 29, 2009 9:43:45 AM PDT
Wake County school board candidate John Tedesco received two endorsements Thursday -- just in time for next week's critical runoff.Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison, who lives in Garner, and Garner mayor, Ronnie Williams, announced their support at a news conference. They want voters to know the race is far from over.

The endorsement comes one day after the NC State Board of Elections ruled that the runoff election between Tedesco and Cathy Truitt will go on next week.

Both Tedesco and Truitt support neighborhood schools, but Truitt recently withdrew her request for a runoff and endorsed Tedesco.

However, by law, her name will remain on Tuesday's ballot. If she is elected, the current school board would appoint its newest member, likely keeping the busing policy. If Tedesco wins, the school system's busing policy will likely go away.

Tedesco, Sheriff Harrison and Mayor Williams say that in the last few days leading up to the runoff election, it is more important than ever to educate voters. They also say the race has not been won.

"We're very concerned that a lot of our voters feel the election is over," Tedesco explained. "They congratulated me at will and say they look forward to me getting to work for their families. Unfortunately, we're not there yet. We still need to get elected; we still need to secure a majority of the votes so that we can go to work for our taxpayers and our kids."

Sheriff Harrison echoed Tedesco's comment and hopes voters show up at the polls Tuesday.

"That's the reason I'm here, to make sure the voters will get out and vote and not sit at home because if they sit at home and somebody Beats John, the school board's gonna make that decision, which I don't think is right," Harrison said.

Tedesco said he will be knocking on doors up until the last minute to make sure voters cast their ballots in the runoff for District 2 school board members.

Harrison, Tedesco and Williams are pushing the message that the outcome of the vote could affect all students.

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