English re-elected president of Baltimore teachers union

May 15, 2008|By Brent Jones | Brent Jones,Sun reporter

Marietta English will remain president of the Baltimore Teachers Union after soundly defeating longtime rival Sharon Y. Blake in an election yesterday.

English captured about 60 percent of the vote to about 34 percent for Blake, union officials announced. About 1,000 educators cast votes. The union has about 8,000 members, 6,000 of them teachers.

"I'm very thankful to the membership for putting their trust in me again for the next two years. We're going to continue to work on their behalf," English said.

It marked the third time that the two educators have run against each other for the top position.

Blake defeated incumbent English by two votes when the women first squared off in 2000.

Blake was president until 2002, when English won the position back, and Blake's supporters sued to contest the validity of the election process.

Blake said she has no plans to contest yesterday's election.

"I think the membership has spoken," she said.

Two other teachers, Joseph Gwin and William Krehnbrink, also ran for the top seat.

Loretta Johnson, president of the paraprofessional chapter since 1975, ran unopposed and was re-elected.

brent.jones@baltsun.com

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