3 candidates seek nomination to school board

March 12, 1996|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Three people are vying to fill the Anne Arundel County school board seat being vacated this summer by Maureen Carr York.

Ms. Carr York, who represented western and much of southern Anne Arundel County on the school board for five years, announced two weeks ago that she would not seek another term.

Those who have registered with the school board nominating convention to take her place are:

Zoe B. Draughon of Odenton, a frequent school board critic who has sued the board over plans for new school boundaries in West County. She is sponsored by the Greater Odenton Improvement Association and the Seven Oaks Community Association.

Dobie McArthur of Millersville, who is sponsored by the Tanenger Forest Civic Association and St. Stephen's Area Community Association.

Paul Rudolph of Severna Park, who is sponsored by the Severna Park High School PTA and Severna Park High School Band Boosters.

The convention, made up of county civic groups, holds a series of candidates' nights, then submits its choices to the governor, who makes the appointments.

Seven times over 12 years, the two top vote-getters recommended to then-Gov. William Donald Schaefer were not appointed, and as people lost faith in the convention, participation declined. This year, the General Assembly is considering two bills that would transfer the appointment power to the county executive and a third that would limit the governor to the top three convention candidates.

Last year, Gov. Parris N. Glendening chose the convention's top vote-getter.

The candidates' forums have been scheduled for 7 p.m. April 2 at North County High School, April 10 at Southern High School and April 18 at Annapolis High School. The convention to choose a nominee will be held at 7 p.m. May 8 at Old Mill High School.

Community groups that wish to participate in the convention must register delegates by Monday. For information, call 268-2278 or go to the public libraries.

Pub Date: 3/12/96

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