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By Anne Haddad and Sheridan Lyons and Anne Haddad and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | November 5, 1996
The race that has Carroll County on the edge of its seat today is the one for two spots on the Board of Education.The outcome will speak volumes about what residents think of their public schools.Carroll schools have a reputation statewide for high performance and low spending, but they are under attack in this election by two candidates who say the system is a bloated bureaucracy wasting a generous budget.Incumbents Ann M. Ballard and Joseph D. Mish Jr. are running for second terms.Challengers William M. Bowen Jr. and Jerry L. Brunst, who have been relentless critics of the board for three years, are using a team approach in an attempt to unseat the incumbents.
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By John-John Williams IV | November 5, 2008
Current members Janet Siddiqui and Ellen Flynn Giles and newcomer Allen Dyer led a field of six candidates vying for three open seats on the Howard County Board of Education during early returns last night. With more than a third of precincts reporting, Siddiqui, a pediatrician from Clarksville, led with more than 18,000 votes. Giles, the board's vice chairman, was second, and Dyer, an attorney from Ellicott City who mounted an unsuccessful school board attempt in 2006, was close behind.
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By Lan Nguyen and Lan Nguyen,Sun Staff Writer | October 21, 1994
A 19-year-old contender has stirred up the normally quiet, nonpartisan Howard County school board race this election with his youth and outspoken views.From the beginning, Elkridge Democrat Jamie Kendrick raised eyebrows among parents and critics who questioned his maturity and his stake in the public school system. He has roundly criticized the school board and administration for being unresponsive.Most recently, he sent a letter to registered Democrats saying he was their best hope of defeating opponent Stephen Bounds, a Republican who attends a conservative church.
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By GINA DAVIS and GINA DAVIS,SUN REPORTER | June 25, 2006
With three seats up for grabs on the Carroll County school board this fall, three candidates - two of them incumbents - have filed for the race, according to election board officials. Gary W. Bauer, who joined the board in 1994 and is vice president of the panel, is seeking a fourth term. He said he wants to be re-elected so he can continue monitoring key education initiatives such as the landmark federal No Child Left Behind legislation and state assessments. Bauer, 59, of Westminster, said he would be the board's senior member when C. Scott Stone, who has served for 14 years, leaves in December.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | October 5, 1998
The six contenders in the Carroll County school board race can be divided into two categories: insiders and outsiders.The insiders are board members C. Scott Stone and Gary W. Bauer -- who are seeking re-election -- and board hopeful Susan Krebs, a PTA leader from South Carroll, who has the support of the incumbents.The outsiders are Thomas L. Shaffer and James E. Reter, who have criticized the current board for wasteful spending and failure to demand accountability from school administrators, and Mary D. Oldewurtel, a Sykesville parent concerned that children are not being academically challenged in county schools.
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1996
Jane Schuchardt appeared to narrowly defeat Francine Wishnick yesterday in the election for Howard County school board.Schuchardt, 59, a retired Howard teacher, held almost a 3,800-vote lead over Wishnick, 44, a community activist,according to the tally compiled last night -- which did not include 5,500 absentee ballots to be counted."
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By Howard Libit and Howard Libit,SUN STAFF | October 29, 1996
Francine Wishnick has raised almost 40 percent more money than Jane Schuchardt in what continues to be a low-budget dTC campaign for Howard County school board.Wishnick raised $4,035 through Oct. 20, about $1,600 more than the $2,416 raised by Schuchardt, according to the latest campaign finance reports. The amounts are substantially less than what was raised by three of the four candidates at the same point in the 1994 school board race.Schuchardt and Wishnick are running in the Nov. 5 election for the school board seat held by Susan Cook.
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By Shanon D. Murray and Shanon D. Murray,SUN STAFF | September 12, 1996
The Columbia Democratic Club voted last night not to make an endorsement in the Howard County school board election after one of the two candidates for the open seat decided not to seek the club's support.Jane B. Schuchardt, a retired teacher, said in a written statement that she is "an educator, not a politician" and requested that the club remove her name from consideration for endorsement because the school board race is "too important to be subject to partisan politics."Schuchardt's decision left the club with just one name to consider -- Francine Wishnick, who was the top vote-getter of five candidates in the March primary.
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By David L. Greene and David L. Greene,SUN STAFF | March 8, 2000
The dizzying Carroll County school board race became simpler yesterday when primary voters whittled the field of 22 candidates to four. With 43 of 44 precincts reporting last night, South Carroll parent Susan Holt led with 7,294 votes, and was certain to be one of four candidates who will advance to the general election this fall. The race for the remaining three spots was close, but Thomas G. Hiltz of Woodbine was second with 4,342 votes; Stephen M. Nevin of Finksburg was third with 4,337 votes; and Lisa Breslin of Westminster finished fourth with 4,055 votes.
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By Jackie Powder and Jackie Powder,SUN STAFF | September 16, 1998
South Carroll resident Susan Krebs, a PTA leader for the past 10 years, clinched the top spot among a field of nine candidates in yesterday's primary race for the Carroll County Board of Education.With all 43 precincts reporting, Krebs captured 24 percent of the vote in the school board race.Incumbents C. Scott Stone and Gary W. Bauer were next closest with 18 percent and 16 percent, respectively. Stone, 47, works for Lucent Technologies in software development. Bauer, 51, is a pump operator with the Baltimore Fire Department.
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By JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV and JOHN-JOHN WILLIAMS IV,SUN REPORTER | May 28, 2006
As the filing deadline approaches for the Board of Education election, the field has taken on some additional candidates -- and marked its first withdrawal. The time commitment necessary for the job has forced Carmen L. Harman, 39, to drop out of the election. Harman said after considering the time commitments of the position, she and her husband decided it would be better to withdraw from the race and run again when their children are older. Harman, an Ellicott City mother of two and a former foreign-language teacher in Baltimore, Prince George's County and most recently at Mount Hebron High School, said she had not been planning to drop out. "[But]
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By Gina Davis and Gina Davis,SUN STAFF | October 6, 2004
By all accounts, campaigning efforts for two open seats on the Carroll County school board have been decidedly low key. The candidates -- incumbent Thomas G. Hiltz and newcomers Cynthia L. Foley, David Stysley and Gary G. Weishaar -- point to a lack of controversy in the school system as the reason they have had to do less campaigning than previous candidates. "I believe that most people are happy with the direction the board is going ... and the stewardship the board is providing," Hiltz said.
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By Tricia Bishop and Tricia Bishop,SUN STAFF | November 6, 2002
Seven months of diligent campaigning paid off for Courtney Watson last night, when voters gave her a solid win over her opponent, Barry Tevelow, in the race for the single open Howard County Board of Education seat. "I'm very excited that the margin is what it is and it just goes to show that my message has gotten across to the electorate and they believe what I'm saying and what I want to do," Watson said. "Now I'm looking forward to taking a couple weeks off and spending some time with my husband and children, regrouping and then coming back and working really hard to solve some of these issues with rest of the board."
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | September 9, 2002
Laura K. Rhodes has signs, T-shirts, tote bags, pamphlets and car window placards plastered with her name and her candidacy for the Carroll school board. John F. Murray Jr. let his children design and color his stenciled signs -- all eight of them -- which he has strategically placed throughout the county. His most reliable campaign strategy, he says, involves approaching anyone he can find in Wal-Mart and Safeway and introducing himself. Incumbent C. Scott Stone won't bother with campaign signs until after tomorrow's primary election.
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By Stephanie Desmon and Stephanie Desmon,SUN STAFF | March 25, 2001
One of three candidates for a seat on the Anne Arundel County school board has been disqualified by the county's nominating convention committee. Michael Topper, 40, a sheet-metal worker from Severn, wanted to challenge board President Paul G. Rudolph for the seat he has held for five years. "Mr. Topper lives in legislative District 32 and not legislative District 33," said Randy Landis, a member of the nominating convention's steering committee. "Therefore his nomination will not be presented to the convention."
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November 11, 2000
WHILE IT MAY be weeks before the lawyers untwist the knots in this year's presidential race, there was little of that kind of uncertainty in Baltimore-area races Nov. 7. Here's a quick look at the results (and their meaning) in some key local elections. Baltimore City City voters got rid of an illogical and misguided 13-year-old commission that had attempted to supervise Pentagon spending from the banks of the Patapsco. Good riddance! Baltimore County For weeks before the election, Towson citizens groups tried to link an expansion of the jail with the controversial S.B. 509, hoping to piggyback on the populist anger against property condemnation.
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By Dana Hedgpeth and Dana Hedgpeth,SUN STAFF | March 17, 1998
Republican Susan J. Cook, a former school board chairwoman, says she will challenge Democratic incumbent C. Vernon Gray in the race for the Howard County Council seat representing east Columbia.Local Republican Party leaders introduced Cook as a candidate Sunday at the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, a $40-a-plate affair at the Turf Valley Country Club in Ellicott City."She comes to the race with a lot more name recognition than most," said Carol Arscott, a former Howard GOP chairwoman and consultant for Cook.
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By Donna E. Boller | November 11, 1990
Faced with two school board candidates who took nearly identical positions on education issue, county voters supported their choices with some thoughtful - and some off the wall - reasoning.The victory went to Columbia resident and local PTA leader Susan J. Cook, 42, who overcame the wider name recognition enjoyed by Ellicott City resident Sandra H. French, 46, a county and state PTA officer.The final tally, including absentee ballots, was 21,698 for Cook, 20,958 for French. Cook will begin her six-year term in December succeeding retiring board member Anne L. Dodd.
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By Jennifer McMenamin and Jennifer McMenamin,SUN STAFF | November 8, 2000
In one of the closest elections in recent history, the race for two seats on the Carroll County Board of Education will come down to the uncounted absentee ballots, leaving the winners unknown until tomorrow. Although election officials expect to have an unofficial total by then, they won't have official results until Nov. 17, when all overseas ballots have been returned and tallied. With all 43 of precincts reporting, Thomas G. Hiltz of Woodbine was in first place with 27,779 votes. Susan Holt of Sykesville was second with 24,839 votes, followed by Lisa Breslin of Westminster with 24,324 and Stephen M. Nevin of Finksburg with 21,981.
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