RALEIGH (By David N. Bass, Carolina Journal Online) — Step aside, Bev Perdue and Pat McCrory. One of the most competitive Council of State races in 2012 already is shaping up to be for state schools superintendent.
The filing deadline for next year’s primary is three months away, but seven candidates from both parties either have announced their candidacies or expressed interest in entering the race to become head of the Department of Public Instruction. So far, no other executive-level office in North Carolina has attracted that much interest.
North Carolina is one of 14 states that elects its top education official, and one of eight that conducts partisan races. A Republican victory in 2012 would mark the first time since the state Constitution of 1971 took effect that a GOP candidate would have won the office.