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BOE Candidate Roster Swells to 15

At least 10 candidates filed paperwork over last two days of filing period; deadline was 9 p.m. Wednesday.

A flurry of last minute filings by candidates for the Howard County Board of Education means that a primary election will be held in April.

Ten Howard County residents filed to run on Tuesday and Wednesday, bringing the field of candidates to 15.

Less than a week ago, there were just five candidates who had filed to run for the school board.

A field of eight or fewer candidates would have meant they all advanced to the general election in November.

Three seats are open on the seven-member board.

All three incumbents — Allen Dyer, Ellen Flynn Giles and Janet Siddiqui — have filed to retain their seats.

They will be challenged by 12 candidates seeking to unseat them.

The online list of candidates available Wednesday night was updated at 9:22 p.m.

As of that time, the Maryland State Board of Elections website listed the following school board candidates:

Jim Adams, Ellicott City

Corey Andrews, Elkridge

Bob Ballinger, Ellicott City

Olga Butler, Elkridge

Ann DeLacy, Columbia

Allen Dyer, Ellicott City

David Gertler, Ellicott City

Ellen Flynn Giles, Laurel

Patricia S. Gordon, Ellicott City

Owen Hanratty, Ellicott City

Leslie Kornreich, Hanover

Mary Jo Neil, West Friendship

Jackie Scott, Columbia

Janet Siddiqui, Columbia

Kelly Casey Van Horn, Columbia

Ann Delacy January 13, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Dr. Siddiqui lives in Clarksville; she is using Columbia as her mailing address.
JustABill January 14, 2012 at 09:07 AM
Picking Nits here aren't you Ms. Delacy? After all some parts of what is geographically Clarksville have Columbia zip codes just as parts of what once were Savage, Fulton, and Scagsville are now in a Laurel zip code. Last I checked Clarksville and Columbia were both still in Howard County and thus residents in either town are eligible to be on the Howard County BOE. Please do not mistake this comment as an act of support for the candidate Ms. Delacy was attempting to "out" or for any other candidate for BOE. However, I do believe this is just one tiny nit picky example of ones personal ethics and morals when it comes to an election. I have certainly witnessed worse from this same person in prior elections.
Ann Delacy January 15, 2012 at 05:57 PM
JustABill: During the Legislative Hearing on the diversity of the current BOE, the lack of member from the Columbia area was a major point. Why did Dr. Siddiqui decide to use Columbia as her address when she filed this year and not in the past? Now, just explain in greater detail to me why my earlier post evoked a discussion of "personal ethics and morals?"
Jayne January 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM
As a parent and voter I think that if you have nothing nice to say that you should keep your lips closed! Try setting an example.
Brook Hubbard March 25, 2012 at 09:32 PM
I support David Gertler. 1) He has shown common sense severely lacking from BoE and County Council during past incidents (such as Turner's proposal for appointed members). 2) He encourages a broad focus on all subjects, not just those necessary to pass state standards. In addition, Gertler encourages teaching of application, not just information, educating children on how to use knowledge in the real world. 3) He has a broad view that recognizes education concerns for what they are, rather than what the media or mass panic suggests. Gertler brings critical thinking to concerns like achievement gaps and redistricting. 4) He looks to the future and use of technologies to not only encourage education but also to help with costs. Gertler also recognizes issues that may surround the use of modern technology in schools.
Brook Hubbard March 28, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I am also supporting Mary Jo Neil. 1) She, like Mr. Gertler, shares a common sense that I find lacking in both the incumbents as well as several others running for these positions. 2) She recognizes several social concerns, such as parent involvement, that need to be strengthened. In addition, Ms. Neil understands that many issues require multiple approaches and ~everyone's~ work... not just a single party. 3) She has an understanding of child development, including the many learning styles and psychological concepts. Even a basic understanding of these theories grants insight into adjusting our education system to account for diversity in children, rather than shoe-horning everyone into one single "right" form of education.

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