Newsmaker

Patricia K. Matsko

April 23, 2006|By LAURA MCCANDLISH

Occupation

Director of the Carroll County Board of Elections.

In the news

A Circuit Court judge approved a consent agreement Wednesday between the Board of Elections and a Sykesville resident that calls for the November election of five Carroll County commissioners by district. Two days before, Matsko had decided to proceed with an at-large election because the General Assembly had failed to approve a redistricting map.

Career highlights

Matsko is happy that the Board of Elections will be able to follow through on the 2004 referendum in which voters said they wanted five commissioners to be elected by district. Every presidential election is exciting for her, but she said she wishes that as many citizens come out to vote in gubernatorial and local elections. She went to work for the Board of Elections as a clerk in 1986 and earned a certificate as an election registration administrator through an Auburn University program. She has been director since 1997.

Personal

Matsko, 63, grew up in Arbutus and moved to Woodbine in 1976 because she wanted to live in the country. She has two daughters, a son and one granddaughter. Outside of work, she enjoys activities with the Catholic Daughters, the Red Hat Society and her book club.

Philosophy

"With the historical ramification of elections that have passed, just being a part of that is important. We're not here for the paycheck, but because we enjoy doing the job. I enjoy the whole democratic process."

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