Nominee for school board from Havre de Grace chosen

May 22, 1994|By Karin Remesch | Karin Remesch,Contributing Writer

Delegates to the county's Permanent Nominating Caucus selected Richard W. Daub Jr. as the nominee for the Havre de Grace seat on the Harford Board of Education. The seat is being vacated by two-term member Percy Williams.

Mr. Daub, 32, a control technician for Bethlehem Steel's Sparrows Point plant and president of the Havre de Grace Elementary PTA, received 54 votes.

The other candidate for the seat, Dr. Edna E. Hirsch, 39, a dentist, received 28 votes.

School board members serve a five-year term.

The nonpartisan caucus will submit both nominations to Gov. William Donald Schaefer, who makes the final appointment.

The governor, while not bound by the caucus' recommendation, almost always goes with its first choice.

If appointed to the seven-member board, Mr. Daub said he would "help ensure fair and equitable distribution of resources to level the playing field so that all children are afforded the educational opportunities in which they can achieve their maximum potential."

A total of 84 delegates representing 52 organizations were registered to cast their ballots Thursday night at Southampton Middle School. There were two abstentions.

The caucus is made up of nonprofit organizations such as churches, PTAs and civic groups. Each organization is eligible to send two delegates to vote.

The caucus also nominated Dr. Allen W. Benton to the board of trustees at Harford Community College. He was unopposed.

Voting at Thursday's caucus went smoothly, said David J. Petr, the group's chairman.

Criticized after last year's election, the caucus this year tightened its membership requirements and voting procedures.

Last year, the teachers union accused the caucus of not asking for delegate identification and allowing conservative organizations to register under several names, enabling them to send more delegates.

This year, the delegates, or their alternates, were asked to provide two forms of identification before they were given ballots.

They also had to attend a question-and-answer session with the candidates last month.

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