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Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Frederick County, Maryland BoE Forum Tonight

Plan to attend this Forum which will be held in Urbana, Maryland at the Fire Hall. It begins at 7:00 PM and will continue until 10:00 PM. This Forum was put together and is sponsored by Farrell Keough and is a great opportunity for the voters to go see and listen to the candidates for the School Board. The Fire Hall is located at 5602 Urbana Pike off Rt 355.

There are 12 candidates running for three positions in this non-partisan election. To see the names of the 12 candidates click here and scroll down to the BoE candidates:

For many political junkies, this date will pose a conflict for many voters will be watching the exciting returns of competitive races between candidates for the Presidential nomination in both the Republican and Democratic parties. However, the members of the Frederick County, Maryland Board of Education manage a 400 million annual budget so plan to attend to learn more about the candidates.

The election of these candidates is also confusing to many voters for this election is a non-partisan election which occurs on the same day as the highly partisan Presidential and Congressional elections. All 12 candidates will appear on all ballots without consideration to their political party. The top six vote getters will continue on to the general election where three will earn a seat on the Board.

This election procedure change did not come about until the 2000 election and was a result of dissatisfaction by some of the previous method of selecting Board of Education members. The Governor of Maryland had appointed individuals recommended by the Republican and Democratic state central committees which some argued was too political. The Maryland Governor still appoints members to school boards in some other counties around the state

This is an important election in Frederick County, Maryland so make an effort to attend this Forum and get to know your candidates for the Board of Education.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

George, the Feb. 12 BOE election is significant in that the school budget of morethan $400 million is financed by more than 50 percent of our county property taxes. I do hope that your readers will find time to attend the only public forum of BOE candidates tonight, Feb. 5, at 7 p.m. at the Urbana Fire House.

I am among 12 candidates running for three positions.

I was a member of the Newspaper Guild, AFL-CIO, for 15 years as a Washington correspondent of the New York Daily News and am endorsed by the Frederick County Teachers Association in this election.

Joe Volz
Board of Education candidate