Election 2018: Board of Education candidate forum set for April 19

Voters will pick three to fill seats on the Carroll County Public Schools Board of Education in the November general election, but first, the field must be whittled down to six during the June primary.

Eleven individuals have filed to run for the nonpartisan school board, however one candidate — Michael Yokay — wrote to the Times that while his name will remain on the ballot, he has suspended his campaign.

There is just one incumbent, Bob Lord, seeking re-election to the school board. Virginia Harrison has served two consecutive terms and, thanks to legislation passed in the Maryland General Assembly, is not eligible to seek a third straight term. Devon Rothschild, elected to the BOE in 2014, announced that she would not seek re-election.

However, the field includes many names familiar to those who follow Carroll’s political scene and some fresh faces as well.

A majority of the candidates have indicated they will be participating a forum at the Carroll County Community Media Center scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 19. Each candidate will have the opportunity to give opening and closing statements, and answer questions prepared by the Carroll County Times, the CMC and submitted questions from voters.

If you have a question you would like to be considered, email it to carrollelections2018@gmail.com at least 12 hours prior to the start of the forum.

The primary election is June 26. Early voting begins June 14, and runs through June 21. This year, there are two early voting centers — the Westminster Senior and Community Center and the South Carroll Swim Club.

Click on candidates names below to be directed to profiles they’ve submitted to the Times:

Cathey Allison

Tara Battaglia

Patricia Dorsey

​​​​​​​Muri Dueppen

Don Garmer

Jason Helton

Doug Howard

Kenneith Kiler

Mary Kowalski

Bob Lord

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