CORRECTION APPENDED: In the article below, it originally stated Kevin Hill needed just 50 votes to win the seat. Hill needed 49.
CORRECTION APPENDED: The article originally stated, "The board of elections will certify the results." It now reads, "The Wake County Board of Elections will certify the votes next Tuesday. Losurdo has until next Thursday to officially request a run-off."
Tuesday’s elections in the contentious school board race were a vote of confidence for Democrats, but incumbent Kevin Hill will need to win a run-off for diversity supporters to retake control of the school board.
Hill needed 50 percent of the vote plus one to win the District 3 outright. Based on unofficial election results, he won 49.7 percent of the vote and Republican challenger Heather Losurdo brought in 39.87 percent.
In sheer numbers, Hill needed just 49 more votes to win the seat. However, if Losurdo had garnered the votes taken by the two other conservatives in the race, Jennifer Mansfield and Eric Wayne Squires, she would’ve won the seat outright.
The Wake County Board of Elections will certify the votes next Tuesday. Losurdo has until next Thursday to officially request a run-off.
Losurdo told the Record, “I will start campaigning tomorrow.”
The one pro-neighborhood schools candidate up for re-election was board chair Ron Margiotta. Susan Evans defeated Margiotta with 52.1 percent of the vote.
The other winning candidates were Keith Sutton in District 4, Christine Kushner in District 6, and Jim Martin in District 5.