Eight seeking to succeed Finney on school board

Vice president to vacate her seat after 10 years

March 12, 2003|By Laura Loh | Laura Loh,SUN STAFF

Eight Anne Arundel County residents are seeking to fill a school board seat that will be vacated in June by Vice President Carlesa Finney, whose term is expiring.

The School Board Nominating Convention will hear from the candidates at three public hearings next month before forwarding two names to Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., who will make the appointment.

Finney, the only woman on the board (with the exception of student member Ashley Nathanson), will step down June 30 after two five-year terms. The board has three at-large seats, four seats representing legislative districts and one student board member seat.

The candidates for Finney's at-large seat are:

Nancy Welch Almgren of Annapolis, a retired investment adviser and former vice chairwoman of the Countywide Citizens Advisory Committee.

Charlestine R. Fairley of Annapolis, director of Sojourner Douglass College's Annapolis campus and grandmother of a county school student.

Brian C. Griffiths of Pasadena, a program analyst for the Federal Voting Assistance Program and a 1997 graduate of Chesapeake High School.

Tricia Johnson of Davidsonville, a longtime PTA member and mother of five children who have attended county schools.

Michael G. Leahy of Severna Park, an attorney and father of two county school students.

Patricia A. Prescott of Arnold, a former University of Maryland nursing professor and mother of an autistic girl who attends a county school.

Andrew R. Smarick of Arnold, a legislative assistant to Rep. Wayne T. Gilchrest and a graduate of Broadneck High School.

Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Wyatt of Linthicum, an officer recruiter for the Navy and father of three county school students.

Delegates from community organizations such as parent-teacher groups and churches will have an opportunity to question the candidates during evening public hearings April 8 at Southern High School, April 16 at Glen Burnie High and April 24 at Broadneck High.

The delegates will select two candidates at the nominating convention May 7. In past years, the governor occasionally has ignored the convention's selections. In May, Parris N. Glendening passed over Jim Snider, the convention's top choice, in favor of Konrad Wayson, who had not been a candidate in the county's nominating process.

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