Barry Glassman

Flawed system or no interest? [Editorial]

Flawed system or no interest? [Editorial]

This year marks the third time Harford County residents will elect a majority of the members of the local Board of Education.

When the filing deadline closed last week for the June 26 primary election, no more than two candidates had filed for any of the six seats on the school board that conform geographically to the six county council districts. In both District A, covering Joppa and Edgewood, and District B, covering Fallston and Abingdon, just a single candidate filed in each.

Under the law passed by the Maryland General Assembly 14 years ago, all these candidates will advance to the November general election, rendering the primary a useless exercise. Had there been...