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February 7, 2012
I am writing to address Ken Ulman's recent letter, "School board must reflect makeup of Howard County. " I strongly disagree that "race, ethnic and geographic" characteristics should factor in the selection of Board of Education candidates. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a vision that people "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. " I believe we live this dream, especially in Howard County. Perhaps that's why the task force's proposal met such strong opposition.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun and By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | December 10, 2013
An Ellicott City man who ran unsuccessfully for the Howard County Board of Education three times was sentenced Monday in federal court for impersonating a Secret Service agent in what lawyers on both sides agreed was a "sad" case. Robert D. Ballinger II, 47, who pleaded guilty to one criminal offense in September, was ordered to serve two years of probation and 200 hours of community service after making an emotional appeal to U.S. District Judge Richard D. Bennett. "I've made a big mistake in my life," said Ballinger, a former spokesman for the Maryland Department of the Environment who ran for school board in 2004, 2010 and 2012, advancing to the general election on his last two runs.
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By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff Writer | October 6, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The two school board candidates disagree about whether administrative costs are too high, but they agree that the county commissioners should not have line-item veto power."
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 1, 2012
On a day that the storm Sandy kept most of the region indoors, Howard school board candidate Robert Ballinger saw an opportunity. With Election Day about a week away, he figured he'd reach out via email to Howard residents who were likely at home surfing the Web. He and his campaign supporters set out to contact 5,000 registered voters, reminding them about early voting and conveying his vision for the county's school system. Ballinger is one of a field of six candidates, including two incumbents, vying for three seats on the school board in Tuesday's election.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2000
As the November election draws near, a number of forums and debates have been planned to help Carroll County voters distinguish among the four candidates vying for two school board seats. During the primary campaign, a ballot of 22 candidates was whittled to four - Lisa Breslin of Westminster, Thomas G. Hiltz of Woodbine, Susan Holt of Sykesville and Stephen M. Nevin of Finksburg. The vote Nov. 7 will determine who will fill the seats vacated by school board members Ann M. Ballard and Joseph D. Mish Jr., who are not seeking re-election.
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By Donna E. Boller and Donna E. Boller,Staff writer | October 14, 1990
The two county school board candidates took opposite positions at a forum Thursday on the controversial reinstatement of four soccer players who had been suspended for possession of alcohol.Susan J. Cook and Sandra H. French, who will face off in the Nov. 6 general election, disagreed on the suspension issue but offered similar views on most questions raised by student government representatives at a forum sponsored by the Howard County Association of Student Councils.The candidates also differed on weighted grades, a system sought by students that would give more points to grades earned in higher level courses in calculating a student's grade point average.
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February 25, 1996
The five candidates for Howard County Circuit Court judgeships and five candidates for seats on the county school board will appear at forums and meetings this week.The candidates in the March 5 judicial primary are Circuit Judges Donna Hill Staton and Diane Leasure, District Judge Lenore R. Gelfman and attorneys Jay Fred Cohen and Jonathan Scott Smith.Candidates for school board are Virginia Charles, Jane Schuchardt, Vincent Pugliese, Arthur Neal Willoughby and Francine Wishnick.The forums are:* Tuesday, 12:30 p.m.: Judicial candidates at the Republican Women's Club meeting, Hunan Manor Restaurant, 7091 Deepage Drive, Columbia.
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April 7, 1993
School board candidates will be questioned tonight at the first of three public forums sponsored by the Anne Arundel County School Board Nominating Convention Committee.Each year, the committee conducts forums at which representatives of community organizations question candidates running for vacancies on the school board. Representatives of the organizations must register but may do so the night of the public hearing.Tonight's public hearing is scheduled to begin at 7 o'clock at Annapolis Senior High School.
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October 18, 1992
Major differences between Board of Education incumbent Cheryl A. McFalls and challenger C. Scott Stone:* Ms. McFalls highlights her intense school involvement as a parent volunteer, PTA member and board member. Mr. Stone emphasizes his insight as an engineer traveling the world in his job.* Mr. Stone advocates night board meetings at least once a month to give working parents an opportunity to attend. Ms. McFalls says that when the board does have night meetings, no more parents attend than during day meetings.
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By John Rivera and John Rivera,Sun Staff Writer | March 22, 1995
The House of Delegates approved last night a bill creating a 13-member commission to select Anne Arundel County School Board candidates. The measure was sent to the Senate, where its future is less certain."
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October 22, 2012
All of our Districts 21 elected state representatives endorse David Murray's opponent for school board (Letters, Oct. 11), although, they agree that "David Murray is a bright, hardworking" individual. Why? And why do state politicians get involved so blatantly with our independent county school board election? David Murray favors an independent audit of the Prince George's County schools. Is this demand for periodic audits one reason for their fear? Such a process will make certain that taxpayers' funds are used effectively and properly for our students.
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March 19, 2012
I had a number of reasons for suspending my campaign for the District 1 seat on thePrince George's CountyBoard of Education. But high on that list is my regard for Zabrina Epps. After meeting her and talking with her at some length, I realized that we shared a similar vision for education, both the global, big-picture view of education, as well as what is needed at the local, classroom level. That includes a vision of a school system without barriers, infused with a culture of achievement and held to high standards of transparency and meaningful, two-way communication with families.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | March 15, 2012
For someone who has never run for public office, Jackie Scott apparently knows how to make an impression on the local electorate. This week, the Howard County school board candidate from Columbia picked up an endorsement from the Howard County Education Association, her second of the campaign. She was recently endorsed by the African American Coalition of Howard County. Also receiving endorsements from both groups was first-time candidate Ann De Lacy, the former HCEA president.
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February 7, 2012
I am writing to address Ken Ulman's recent letter, "School board must reflect makeup of Howard County. " I strongly disagree that "race, ethnic and geographic" characteristics should factor in the selection of Board of Education candidates. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had a vision that people "will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character. " I believe we live this dream, especially in Howard County. Perhaps that's why the task force's proposal met such strong opposition.
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By Andrew L. Yarrow | September 7, 2010
I leafed through the usual junk mail the other day, ready to consign most of the world's hard-copy correspondence with me to the recycling bin. Then, I noticed that one piece of "junk" was my sample primary ballot for the Sept. 14 Maryland primary. I paused. As someone who cares about public service, government and politics, my initial reaction was: I know who I'm voting for at the top of the ticket, and who cares about the state senators and delegates, county council members, school board candidates and others at the bottom.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 5, 2010
David Gertler knows that sometimes you can inspire young people with just one word — especially when it's uttered three times. The Ellicott City resident and Howard County Board of Education candidate says that when it's his turn to take the youngsters in his parent carpool to school, he always drops them off with the words his mother uttered to him as a child: "Learn, learn, learn. " He has learned how infectious the word can be. "One of the kids switched out of the car pool because her mom and dad moved, but I ran into her the other day, and it had been at least three years since I saw her, but she said, 'Mr. Gertler, learn, learn, learn,' " he said.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and By Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | September 24, 2000
Vice President Al Gore and Texas Gov. George W. Bush will meet in two weeks in Boston for the first of three presidential debates. By then, Carroll County's school board candidates will have met at least six times to spar over local issues. Even then, they'll be only half done. A dozen forums, debates and cable television tapings are crammed into their schedule between Labor Day and the Nov. 7 general election -- and there are rumors of more. "My first reaction was that I balked. I thought, `Oh my God, how am I going to get to all of them?
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2010
When Cindy Vaillancourt owned a paint-your-own-pottery shop in Fulton, she marveled at how some patrons used the quaint surroundings as a community gathering place, and how amid churning out artwork, they shared frustrations with Howard County's school system. The Clarksville resident ultimately sold the pottery shop, but the stories remained with her, and left her determined to gain a spot on the county Board of Education. "It was interesting talking to teenagers and hearing what was going on in the high schools.
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