Lupashunski plans to resign from elections board this month

March 24, 2000|By Larry Carson | Larry Carson,SUN STAFF

Howard County's elections board, still without a permanent administrator, soon will be without a president as well.

Frank Lupashunski, who has been president for a decade and a board member for nearly 20 years, is resigning at the end of this month, he said yesterday.

The board has three permanent members -- two Democrats and one Republican -- and two substitutes, one from each political party.

"I need a hip replacement. It's time to get out to pasture," the 74-year-old former high school teacher said.

Under state law, Barbara Cooper, the Democratic substitute board member, will automatically take fellow Democrat Lupashunski's place on the board, and Gov. Parris N. Glendening then will name a replacement substitute member, said Linda H. Lamone, state elections administrator.

"It's been a nice trip for me," Lupashunski said, though hectic since July when Barbara Feaga, 18-year Howard elections board administrator, retired.

Since then, the board has not been able to attract the required minimum three applicants from which to choose a replacement for her job. Evelyn M. Purcell is acting administrator.

Bills allowing the state board to set salaries for local board administrators are moving through the General Assembly without opposition so far, Lamone said.

A law, once signed by the governor, would mean the state board likely would raise salaries for local elections board administrators in the 19 Maryland jurisdictions. Local governments provide money to pay board members' salaries.

Howard County Executive James N. Robey has said he might add $11,000 to his budget for next year to raise the job's salary and attract more applicants.

Lupashunski said he has tried to keep elections running smoothly.

"I compare it to being an umpire or a basketball official," he said. "If you have a good game going, you don't even notice the officials are there."

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