13 vie for seats on school board Delegates to nominate 2 candidates May 7

choices up to governor

March 04, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

After several years of slim pickings, the Anne Arundel School Board Nominating Convention has attracted at least 13 candidates for two positions, with the possibility that 11th-hour entrants will make for an even bigger pool of contenders.

More than 15 people expressed interest in the five-year volunteer positions. Applications postmarked by Saturday's deadline will be accepted, said the Rev. David Berg, chairman of the convention committee.

Candidates include one incumbent, a former student representative on the board, PTA activists and retirees. Eleven are vying for the at-large seat being vacated by Michael A. Pace of Edgewater, and two, incumbent Joseph H. Foster of Linthicum and John F. Brown Jr. of Glen Burnie, are seeking the District 32 seat, though others live in that legislative district.

The candidates will be introduced to the public at a March 18 forum in Annapolis.

Convention delegates -- members of county organizations who select among the candidates -- may register by mail by March 15 or at the door at any of three hearings. They will be held April 8 at Meade High School, April 17 at Annapolis Senior High School and April 23 at Chesapeake Senior High School.

Delegates will vote on May 7 at Glen Burnie High School, forwarding the names of the top two vote-getters to Gov. Parris N. Glendening.

The governor does not have to abide by the delegates' recommendations. Glendening has chosen from the convention's list, although his predecessor, William Donald Schaefer, often did not.

The candidates are:

John F. Brown Jr., 67, of Glen Burnie. The retired business manager for Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co. was nominated by Bell Atlantic Telephone Pioneers of America. A past president of the Maryland chapter of the Pioneers, he has worked in retirement for the Internal Revenue Service and as a substitute teacher.

Vaughan Brown, 45, of Hanover. Head of the Meade Senior High School Citizens Advisory Committee, he led last year's task force on redistricting for Meade schools. Retired from the Navy, he is a consultant to Fort Meade.

Joseph H. Foster, 52, of Linthicum is seeking a second term on the board. A manager for the National Transportation Center at Morgan State University, he was nominated by the Crestwood Improvement Association.

Terry R. Gilleland of Linthicum is a former student member of the board. The North County PTSA sponsored him. The PTSA has been crusading for a second middle school for the area so that sixth-graders can attend a middle school instead of an elementary school.

Andrew B. Greenspan, 36, of Millersville. The Shipley's Choice Homeowners Association nominated him. A lawyer in private practice, he has three children, the oldest of whom will start school at Shipley's Choice Elementary in the fall.

Ohlen M. Hunt, 39, of Crofton. A Navy retiree, he was nominated by the Community United Methodist Church in Crofton.

Steven H. Johnson, 53, of Annapolis. The PTA president of West Annapolis Elementary School, which his two children attend, was nominated by the PTA. He is a self-employed management consultant.

Robert L. Johnston, 47, of Crofton. He was nominated by the Greater Crofton Council. He is a real estate agent and the vice president of the Greater Crofton Chamber of Commerce. He has two children, the older one a student at Crofton Woods Elementary School.

Jeffrey C. Lee, 41, of Laurel is seeking either seat. The deputy director of the Christian Service Organizations of America is sponsored by the PTA of Brock Bridge Elementary School, which a son of his attends, and by the Russett Community Association.

John A. Makell Jr., 64, of Crownsville was nominated by the Waterbury Heights Civic Association. If he wins, he will become his former boss' boss: Makell is the retired supervisor of school system professional personnel. His boss was Carol S. Parham, now superintendent of schools.

Edith Perry, 60, of Severn. Much praised as the operator of a tutoring program out of her home, she was nominated by the United Black Clergy of Anne Arundel County. She works at Pathways, which helps people recover from drug addiction.

Carol W. Stott of Arnold. She was nominated by the Campus Green Community Association. A PTA activist, she was the Broadneck cluster representative to the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs.

Dorothy E. "Sunny" Thornton of Annapolis. She was nominated by the Forks of the Patuxtent Improvement Association.

Pub Date: 3/04/97

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