Nominations reopened for seats on school board

March 15, 1995|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

The Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee has reopened nominations for county school board candidates after all.

Only one candidate had applied for each of two open seats on the school board by the March 1 deadline, but the committee said it would not extend the nomination period because the schedule was tight.

Yesterday, the committee announced nominations would be accepted through March 31, but offered no explanation for changing its decision.

The decision came less than a week after County Executive John G. Gary urged the committee to extend the deadline.

"Mr. Gary supports the committee's decision to reopen nominations, and he encourages qualified people to step

forward," said Larry Telford, a spokesman for the executive.

Mr. Telford said several people called to inquire about submitting their names directly to Mr. Gary in the hope that he would recommend them to the governor, who makes the final appointment.

"But as of today we haven't received any resumes," Mr. Telford said.

Francis A. "Paco" DeBartolomeo, the lone candidate for the school board seat being vacated by Dorothy Chaney, said the committee had not called to tell him the deadline would be extended, but said he was "not upset by it."

"I was certainly expecting more people to file in the beginning anyway," said Mr. DeBartolomeo, who is making his third run for the board. "I was more upset about John Gary's comment that the system doesn't work."

Mr. DeBartolomeo said more people probably would have submitted their names in the first round of nominations if they believed the convention's top choice would be honored.

Seven times in the past eight years, however, the convention's top choice was not chosen by the governor, who made his appointments based on the recommendations of the county executive.

The only other candidate for a school board seat was Thomas Twombly, who is seeking re-appointment to a five-year term.

The nominating convention, an ad hoc committee created by community groups, annually conducts a series of public forums at which school board candidates are questioned. The convention delegates vote and submit the name of the top two vote-getters to the executive and governor.

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