Convention Choice Hopes To Get Nod

March 17, 1991|By Dianne Williams Hayes | Dianne Williams Hayes,Staff writer

Hoping this time will be different because of a new county executive, former school board member Jane L. Andrew is among seven candidatesvying for a school board seat that will be vacant in June.

After being named the top choice by the county School Board Nominating Convention in 1989, Andrew was bypassed by former County Executive O. James Lighthizer.

Jo Ann Tollenger, Lighthizer's choice, had not participated in the elaborate interview and screening process conducted by the advisorynominating convention.

Andrew served a five-year term on the board from 1984 to 1989 and hoped to serve a second five-year term, based on the overwhelming vote by the convention at a time when only two candidates applied.

However, this year there are seven candidates for one position, as many as applied for two vacancies last year. Friday was the deadline for candidates to submit their names.

Other candidates for the Legislative District 33 seat, which covers Davidsonville to Millersville include:

* Thomas F. Angelis of Davidsonville.

* Alan G. Levin of Crofton.

* Thomas Maxwell of Crownsville.

* G. Thomas Woodward of Arnold.

* Bill Xenakis of Severn.

* Maureen Carr York of Severna Park.

Convention chairwoman Mary Louise Capers said she hopes this year will mark a turning point for a convention whose members

were becoming disenchanted because former executive Lighthizer rejected its nominees every year since since 1987.

"I feel there is more interest shown on the part of the citizenry," Capers said.

"I believe it is because the governor and new county executive support the convention," she said.

County Executive Robert Neall met with convention representatives Monday, when he pledged to make his recommendation to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, whoactually makes school board appointments, from a convention participant.

The governor fills school board seats after receiving the non-binding recommendation of the nominating convention, which is comprised of civic and community organizations.

But Schaefer makes school board appointments based on the recommendations of county executives throughout the state.

"I believe that the process for selecting and presenting qualified candidates to the Anne Arundel County SchoolBoard by a nominating convention is in the public interest, and I heartily support the process," Neall said.

Public hearings are scheduled for 7 p.m. April 4 at Annapolis High School; April 10 at Old Mill High School in Millersville; and April 16 at North County High School in Linthicum. The May 1 convention will be conducted at Severna Park High School.

Delegates from county civic, religious and community organizations will have the opportunity to vote for the candidate of their choice. The names of the three top candidates will be forwarded to the county executive, who then will make a recommendation to the governor

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