5 more announce for school board

April 05, 1995|By Carol L. Bowers | Carol L. Bowers,Sun Staff Writer

Five more people came forward last night to say they, too, want to be on the Anne Arundel County school board, raising to seven the total number of candidates for two vacant seats.

The new candidates' identities were released at a press conference last night held by the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee.

The committee announced last month that Thomas Twombly, who represents District 31, would seek to retain his school board seat.

Last night the names of three challengers to Mr. Twombly were released: Janet Bury, a Brooklyn Park resident and assistant professor at Morgan State University; Pamela A. Napier, a Pasadena resident and financial consultant; and Nancy Shrum, a Pasadena resident and the delegates' top choice at last year's nominating convention.

Also last month, Francis A. "Paco" DeBartolomeo announced his candidacy for the District 29A/30 seat that is being vacated by two-term board member Dorothy Chaney. Mr. DeBartolomeo, a Tracys Landing resident and satellite technician for National Public Radio, will face two opponents: Michael J. McNelly, a Dunkirk resident and former county police lieutenant, and David H. Ready, an urban planning consultant who lives in Annapolis.

"Serving on the board isn't going to be easy, there's a lot of pressure there," the Rev. Charles A. Simms, chairman of the convention committee, told the group. "I appreciate from the JTC bottom of my heart that you've come out to be candidates."

The choice of school board members is entirely the governor's.

But for more than 25 years the committee has been working to ensure that the public has some say in the selection process. Delegates from community groups question candidates at three forums sponsored by the committee and then vote, sending the name of their top choice to the governor. Seven times in 12 years, however, their top candidate has been rejected.

This year, however, the deaths of four bills, including one that would have created an elected school board, seems to have sparked new interest in the nominating convention.

"We've [overcome] the first hurdle, to get interest started," Chuck Mosca, vice chairman of the nominating convention committee, said of the number of candidates for the board vacancies. "Now we have to get the community organizations that have held back to participate."

Delegates from community groups can register during any of the three candidate forums: at Southern Senior High School April 12; at Annapolis Senior High School April 20; and at North County High School April 24. All meetings start at 7 p.m.

Late registrants should each bring $10 for the filing fee and a copy of the bylaws from the organization they will represent, Mr. Mosca said. The delegates will vote on the candidates at 7 p.m. May 3 at Old Mill High School.

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