RALEIGH — Tuesday’s election means a big change on the Wake County Board of Commissioners.

All four sitting Republican Commissioners lost their bids for re-election, which swings the control of power from a narrow 4-3 Republican majority to an all Democratic board.

“Now we’re beginning to have conversations about what the future of Wake County will look like,” said Democrat Sig Hutchinson, who unseated Board Vice-Chair Joe Bryan in District 1. “What the voters said was they’re tired of the partisanship and the bickering and they’re ready to move Wake County forward.”

Commissioners and political analysts say the sweeping change will also mean big changes in how the Board of Commissioners interacts with the Wake School Board, which has been a strained and contentious relationship in recent years.

“[The four of the newly elected commissioners have] all campaigned about adding to the [WCPSS] teacher supplement, and they’ve got more detailed plans about how they’re going to do it,” said Meredith College Political Science Professor David McLennan. “Republicans want to help teachers, but Democrats said we’re going to do it and perhaps, even consider raising taxes.”

McLennan said there will also likely be a change with the new board in how commissioners interact with each other.

“Those things matter in politics, how a group of people get along, how they talk about issues and policies,” he said.

The newly elected commissioners say they also plan to move quickly to adopt and implement a mass transit plan for Wake County, something the sitting board has stalled for years.

“The citizens need to be thinking about increasing transit as bus first, and then beyond that, we will consider rail options in addition to that,” Hutchinson said.

Two-term Republican Commissioner Paul Coble declined Time Warner Cable News’ request for an on-camera interview Wednesday, but he told Time Warner Cable News by phone the voters have spoken and he hopes the new board will move forward in a positive way.

The four newly elected commissioners will be sworn into office Dec. 1.

– Heather Moore