The Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee's strategy worked: Extending the deadline netted five additional candidates for the two vacancies on the county school board.
But of the seven applicants, names of only two have been made public: Thomas Twombly and Francis A. "Paco" DeBartolomeo.
The two candidates were announced before the committee decided to extend the deadline for lack of competition. The names of the other candidates are to be announced tonight at a 6:30 news conference in the Arundel Center in Annapolis.
"We're going to tease and generate a little excitement about this convention," said Chuck Mosca, vice chairman of the nominating convention committee.
The seven adult school board members are appointed by the governor, who has traditionally based his selection on the recommendation of the county executive or state senators. The student board member is appointed by the governor, based on the recommendation of the Chesapeake Regional Association of Student Councils.
The nominating convention was created 25 years ago to give the public some say in the process. Each year the committee sponsors forums at which delegates from community groups can question candidates. The delegates then vote and send the name of the top vote-getter to the governor.
Seven times in at least 10 years, the governor has ignored the convention's choice. He never has ignored the student council recommendation.