School board race in Carroll is contentious CAMPAIGN 1996

November 05, 1996|By Anne Haddad and Sheridan Lyons | Anne Haddad and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF

The race that has Carroll County on the edge of its seat today is the one for two spots on the Board of Education.

The outcome will speak volumes about what residents think of their public schools.

Carroll schools have a reputation statewide for high performance and low spending, but they are under attack in this election by two candidates who say the system is a bloated bureaucracy wasting a generous budget.

Incumbents Ann M. Ballard and Joseph D. Mish Jr. are running for second terms.

Challengers William M. Bowen Jr. and Jerry L. Brunst, who have been relentless critics of the board for three years, are using a team approach in an attempt to unseat the incumbents.

The school board race has been the most contentious in recent memory. Mish and Ballard would have been considered conservatives in any other year, but Bowen and Brunst have changed the standards. They have won support from local members of the John Birch Society and the Carroll County Taxpayers Association for their attack on administrative salaries.

Bowen and Brunst have fashioned identical platforms, and prefer to grant interviews or answer questionnaires as a team. They have pooled their sizable campaign funds to blanket the county with red-and-white signs, far outdoing Ballard and Mish in visibility.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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