School board race loses 2 candidates

March 19, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Two Crofton candidates have dropped out of the running for the Anne Arundel County school board, leaving two from the west county community in the race.

They are among 10 seeking the at-large seat that will be vacated on June 30 by Michael A. Pace of Edgewater.

"I may run for it another time, but right now I am not going to," said Dorothy E. "Sunny" Thornton, a former Crofton resident and retired Crofton Woods Elementary School reading specialist. Crofton has enough good candidates running, she said.

Barton B. Roper has also withdrawn his name from consideration.

"Apparently, from talking with Dr. [Thomas E.] Florestano, he believes he can't fulfill the time commitment," said the Rev. David G. Berg, chairman of the School Board Nominating Convention Committee. Florestano, a Crofton resident, is a member of the school board.

The Greater Crofton Council, which has lobbied heavily in recent months for additions to two schools, recruited candidates.

Three other candidates are seeking the board seat from District 32, the north and west areas. Joseph H. Foster of Linthicum, the school board president, is trying for a second five-year term.

Berg said he thought that 13 was a record number of candidates.

The candidates will appear at three forums: April 8 at Meade Senior High School, April 17 at Annapolis Senior High School and April 23 at Chesapeake Senior High School. All start at 7 p.m.

Delegates representing county organizations will vote May 7 at Glen Burnie High School.

Pub Date: 3/19/97

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