Four out of of seven seats on Wake County's Board of Commissioners are up for election. Republicans currently occupy those positions, but if just one of them loses, Democrats will have a majority on the board.
The Democratic and Republican candidates for the four seats up for election differentiate themselves mostly by ideology. The Republican incumbents are loath to raise taxes and are not openly supportive of a transit tax proposal. Their relationship with the county school board has been tense.
The Democrats who are trying to unseat those incumbents will probably be more willing to consider funding for transit and other measures, including city leaders' desire to create a park on the Dorothea Dix property.
Commissioners run by district, but all residents of Wake County vote for the offices.