Seidel leads field in race for 2 school board seats

Carroll County

Election 2008

November 05, 2008|By JOE BURRIS

Jennifer Seidel of Mount Airy led the field in the race for the Carroll County school board during early returns last night.

In the race for two seats, incumbent and President Cynthia Foley of Westminster and former member Jeffrey Morse of Silver Run waged a close battle for the second spot, with Foley narrowly ahead.

The winners are expected to play a key role in bolstering a system whose high school students posted the highest marks of any jurisdiction in Maryland on assessment tests. With one-third of the precincts reporting, Seidel had captured about 35 percent of the vote.

Seidel also captured the February primary, while Foley took third and Morse finished fourth. Morse was seeking to return to the board after resigning in March after admitting to using a racial slur while touring a construction site at a county high school. Virginia Harrison of Sykesville, who replaced Morse on the board, ran as a write-in candidate.

Third-place finisher Barry Potts, president of the Carroll County Education Association, subsequently dropped out and supported Harrison, who struggled to capture a considerable amount of votes last night.

The election came amid news that 95 percent of county seniors completed requirements of the HSAs.

(Top two elected)

100% of precincts reporting

Name ......................................... Vote .......... Pct.

Jennifer Seidel ....................... 39,547 ........ 37

Cynthia L. Foley* ................... 31,824 ....... 30

Jeffrey Morse .......................... 30,067 ....... 28

Virginia Harrison* (write-in) ... 5,353 ......... 5

*=incumbent

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