Candidates bring new styles to school board campaign

May 05, 1993|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Staff Writer

Brochures, booklets and position papers have made this spring's school board candidates' campaign more sophisticated than in years past, according to veteran members of the committee that supervises the race.

Usually candidates give speeches at three public hearings and talk to the audiences afterward, according to John Anderson, chairman of the Anne Arundel County Nominating Convention Committee.

"Carlesa Finney's campaign has been most impressive in terms of brochures and booklets advertising her position, and has added a level of sophistication," Mr. Anderson said. "Two or three others have campaign managers going through the audience to make sure people get the answers to their questions. And a couple people actually have published position papers."

Representatives from community groups who have registered with the convention committee and attended one of three public hearings this spring will be eligible to vote tonight at 7 o'clock at Severna Park High School.

But first, the convention delegates will decide whether to give Gov. William Donald Schaefer a choice between two nominees.

There are five candidates for the school board seat.

Ms. Finney is among four people challenging incumbent Vincent O. Leggett, a 38-year-old academic adviser at Anne Arundel Community College finishing a five-year term on the school board.

Ms. Finney, 39, is deputy chief executive officer for the Family and Community Services Division of the Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency.

Other candidates are:

* Elizabeth Greene, a 41-year-old mother of two and publisher of Harman Woods News, a community newsletter with a circulation of 2,000. A Hanover resident, Mrs. Greene ran unsuccessfully for a school board seat last year.

* Michael Slotterback, 34, an intelligence analyst with Delex Systems Inc. and the father of a 7-month-old girl. He has a teaching certificate and worked as a substitute teacher in his home state of Pennsylvania.

* Francis A. "Paco" DeBartolomeo, a 39-year-old satellite technician for National Public Radio who has six children.

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