Pruski resigns from school board to continue County Council run

July 09, 2014|Staff Reports, The Baltimore Sun

Anne Arundel County at-large school board member Andrew Pruski announced his resignation from the board on Wednesday, citing a prohibition on appearing on the general election ballot simultaneously as a County Council candidate and a candidate for retention as a board member.

State law requires a board member to stand for a retention vote in the general election following his or her appointment to the board. Thus, Pruski's name would have appeared on the November ballot for that retention vote.

The Four Seasons resident, however, also won the Democratic primary for the District 4 County Council seat in the June 24 primary, and will face Republican Chike Anyanwu in the general election.

Pruski said he submitted a letter of resignation to Gov. Martin O'Malley, who first appointed Pruski to his at-large seat to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of Tricia Johnson in 2009. O'Malley reappointed Pruski to a full five-year term in 2013.

Pruski's resignation will leave the board with eight members.

"I believe that tendering my resignation at this time is in the best interest of the citizens of Anne Arundel County" Pruski wrote. "My hope is that the School Board Nominating Commission, which is required to provide you or your successor with names of candidates to fill my seat, will quickly and earnestly begin its work to find a replacement for my seat."

The governor's office has said it can't make appointments to fill board seats, citing a provision in the Maryland Constitution stating that an outgoing governor — O'Malley is in the final months of his final term — may not appoint a person, except on an emergency basis, to an office of this type between a primary election and the inauguration of the succeeding governor.

Therefore, no appointment can be made for Pruski's seat, the governor's office said.

School officials say a similar situation exists for the at-large seat currently held by board member Kevin Jackson. Jackson's five-year term officially ended June 30, but he will continue to serve in that seat until a new appointment is made by the next governor, the governor's office said.

The School Board Nominating Commission has forwarded the names of Jackson and Laurel resident Julie Hummer to the governor for consideration for that seat.

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