Potts wins tight race to head Carroll County teachers union

April 16, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A third-grade teacher at Manchester Elementary was named the new president of the Carroll County teachers union yesterday afternoon, after a razor-thin election tally forced a vote recount.

Barry Potts, a 27-year teaching veteran whose career has taken him from Eldersburg to Westminster and Manchester elementaries, was declared the winner yesterday by 12 votes. He will take office in July or August.

"We had loose chads and dangling whatevers," said Cindy Wheeler, who is finishing her second consecutive two-year term as president of the Carroll County Education Association and was union president from 1991 to 1995. "If people think their vote doesn't count, they're wrong. It does count and it's very important."

Of the union's 1,400 members, more than 850 voted in the April elections, Wheeler said.

Lynn Habicht, a math teacher at Liberty High School, was elected the association's new treasurer. Voters also chose several new executive board members: Yvonne Gambrill of Carrolltowne Elementary, William Price of Mount Airy Middle, Robert Ridgely of Manchester Elementary, Amanda Newcomer of Charles Carroll Elementary and Carroll Staggs, a longtime middle school science teacher who now is retired.

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