Candace Antwine, Melissa Ellis, Dana Schallheim and Michelle Corkadel won their districts in Anne Arundel County’s first school board race.
The historic election represents the county’s transition to an entirely elected school board.
“I am very humbled and honored by the votes I received and I’m looking forward to representing every resident in District 7 on the Board of Education,” Corkdel said. “We’re going to have some new faces. I’m excited.”
Ellis beat out incumbent and current school board President Julie Hummer by about 1,000 votes.
“I got a lovely message from Julie Hummer and I'm really excited. It's just the best feeling in the world,” Ellis said. “I've connected with so many voters and they connected with my message. It's clear that a lot of people on both sides of the aisle think that we need some change in education. I think that's clear between mine and Dana's races. I do feel an enormous responsibility to live up to that and I'm excited to get to work.”
Schallheim also won against an incumbent — Vice President Terry Gilleland — by a margin of about 840 votes. She received a concession email from Gilleland.
“I'm thrilled, I am overwhelmed and happy,” Schallheim said. “I can't wait to start serving the students of Anne Arundel County Public Schools.”
Hummer and Gilleland will stay on the board for another two years to finish their terms.
County school board members have traditionally been appointed by the governor. A sole student member is elected by other students and also appointed by the governor.
This election marks the county’s first step away from that structure.
Two years from now, every school board seat will be up for election to four-year terms.
Not only is the county’s school board switching from appointed to elected, it’s also shrinking by one member. In 2024, when seats from every district will be on the ballot, the board will have seven seats — plus a student member.