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Hogan nominee to Maryland school board withdraws after rocky hearing

Hogan nominee to Maryland school board withdraws after rocky hearing

One of Gov. Larry Hogan's nominees to the State Board of Education withdrew from consideration Tuesday after a rocky Senate committee hearing.

Brandon F. Cooper, the 28-year-old chairman of the Prince George's County Republican Central Committee, dropped his bid to join the school board after majority Democrats on the Senate Executive Nominations Committee grilled him Monday night over his previous traffic offenses, personal finances, qualifications and affiliation with a conservative group that promotes alternatives to traditional public schools.

During his hearing, Cooper tried to explain his views on public education and a record that includes unpaid taxes, an arrest for...

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