Indy endorsements October 2009

Your guide to filling in the ovals

September 16, 2009

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Indy endorsements

Wake County Board of Education
Town of Cary
City of Raleigh
City of Durham

Take-along voting guides

Wake County
Durham

Candidate info

Including party affiliations, answers to Indy questionnaires, Web sites, Facebook and Twitter pages, contact info, more

Wake County
Durham

Wait, what's going on?

This is tomorrow's election tweet:

Democracy run amok! Durhamites get not just 1 vote, but 2. Raleigh resdnts get 4. Wake Ctyians 1. WTF? Chk out Indy endrsmts; thy xpln.


Wake County Board of Education

General election: Oct. 6

Early voting: Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Who votes? Wake County residents of the districts where races are taking place

In what races can I vote? You must live in the district in which a candidate is running.

What happens next? The candidate with the most votes wins. However, the second-place finisher can ask for a runoff if the first-place finisher doesn't receive 50 percent plus 1 of the vote.

Runoff election: Nov. 3

Early voting: Oct. 15-31


Raleigh City Elections

General election: Oct. 6

Early voting: Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Who votes? Everyone who lives within the Raleigh city limits, including Raleigh residents who live in Durham County

In what races can I vote? For district races, you must live in the district in which a candidate is running. All Raleigh voters cast two votes in the at-large race, plus one for mayor.

What happens next? The candidate with the most votes wins. However, the second-place finisher can ask for a runoff if the first-place finisher doesn't receive 50 percent plus 1 of the vote. In the at-large race, the margin is 25 percent plus 1 of the vote.

Runoff election: Nov. 3

Early voting: Oct. 15-31


Durham City Elections

Primary election: Oct. 6

Early voting: Sept. 17-Oct. 3

Who votes? Everyone who lives inside the city limits

In what races can I vote? Since it is a primary, only contests with more than two candidates will be on the ballot: City Council Ward I and Ward II. Voters can cast ballots for all the wards, but candidates must live in the wards they represent.

What happens next? The top two vote-getters in the Ward I and Ward II races go to the general election, where they'll join the mayoral and Ward III candidates.

General election: Nov. 3

Early voting: Oct. 15-31

Who votes: Everyone who lives inside the city limits

In what races can I vote? Wards I, II and III, and mayor. Ward III and the mayoral races have only two candidates running, so they are not on the primary ballot, only the general.


Thank goddess the Indy's endorsements process is easier. We base our endorsements on candidates' answers to our questionnaires, voting records and meeting attendance if a candidate is an incumbent, background checks through public records databases, published news stories and shoe-leather reporting.

Candidate questionnaires, Web sites, Facebook/ Twitter pages, contact info and more are posted in our Elections section (go to the On The Ballot for your county). Talk about our choices and the elections on the Indy's Facebook page or by commenting on the story online. And on election night, follow us on Twitter. —Lisa Sorg

Comments (2)

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Yes, it might be a half cent tax, but it will extract tens of millions of dollars from the people in our city and our county. This money does not appear out of thin air, it comes from us - money that would have gone to jobs, businesses, housing and other useful economic activities. Instead of those useful things, you would have us expand a government-run mass transit system that consistently loses millions of dollars every year, not to mention strongly contributing to pollution by running mostly-empty buses that get about five miles per gallon of fuel. Most of the people you mentioned, like nurses, students, and retail workers do not ride the bus now - our ridership is pathetically low.

There are many other ways to get from point A to point B, many of which are cheaper than our subsidized bus system. Like I did for two years when I worked at IBM, you can ride a bicycle. It's good exercise, doesn't pollute at all, and is far cheaper than the bus. A useable bike can be had almost for free from the Durham Bike Co-op. Or, as I do now, you can buy a scooter for a small fraction of what a car costs and use that to commute. My scooter gets over 100mpg and I pay less than $5 a week in gas, which is cheaper than the bus, pollutes less, and is far more convenient.

This isn't about making people walk, or putting them down because they don't make a lot of money. This is about being responsible with the money we take from our citizens - all of them. The sales tax, despite the exemptions, is highly regressive and hits low-income citizens hard at a time when they can least afford it. This is also about integrity and being able to admit when we're wrong - when we have created a program that simply doesn't work and can't work as designed, no matter how much money we throw at it. Either we need a system that can support itself, or we need to look at other alternatives.

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Posted by mattdrew on 09/18/2009 at 8:09 AM

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION People need to get to WORK after loosing job, car & home. Half a penny? One penny on $2? a nickle out of pocket on a $10 dinner? These guys opposed to half a penny tax for public transportation for their waitresses stiff their waitresses, too? Those who depend on the bus to go to work are the people who serve you (your servants, in other words...) Only now it's not "Go to the back of the bus, you [blankety-blank]" "Hey you [blankety-blanks] GET OFF THE BUS AND WALK!" The Rosa Parks, & nurses (not teacher's aides, they were the first to go), the retail clerks, cooks, waitresses, janitors, people who feed & clothe & wait on you hand & foot & bathe & feed & take care of the elderly (CNAs and other nursing staff) Make them walk? C'mon half a penny for kids who ride DATA to school, or for their parents? I got mine; I'm gonna keep you from getting yours. Support those who support public transportation.

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Posted by CATiffany on 09/17/2009 at 7:37 PM
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