Baltimore teachers union elects former president

May 24, 2002|By Erika Niedowski | Erika Niedowski,SUN STAFF

The head of the Baltimore Teachers Union's teacher chapter was overwhelmingly defeated in her re-election bid this week, losing to the candidate she narrowly ousted in a bitter campaign two years ago.

President Sharon Y. Blake received 380 votes to Marietta A. English's 598 votes, said Carla M. Tyler, a spokeswoman for the union.

Eugene C. Chong Qui, John Richard Perkins and Walter Marse, who also had been seeking the presidency, received 31 votes, 19 votes and 11 votes, respectively, Tyler said.

Blake, a former social studies teacher at Frederick Douglass High School, defeated English - the then-incumbent union president - in the BTU's spring 2000 election, but the American Federation of Teachers, the BTU's parent union, voided the results of that contest because of irregularities and ordered a new election. Blake defeated English by 23 votes, 950 to 927, in the new election.

About 1,200 of the union's 7,500 teacher members cast ballots in Tuesday's election.

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