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Leads for parental rights candidates shrink in tight Harford Board of Education race

As the Harford County Board of Elections continues canvassing, candidates endorsed by a national conservative political action group focused on parental rights in schools, are in the lead for two of the six seats up for grabs on the Harford Board of Education.

Previous early voting and Election Day totals had four of the conservative group’s candidates in the lead, but mail-in ballots, which tend to trend Democratic, flipped the lead in districts B and E.

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Here is a quick breakdown of the races that are close as of Tuesday:

Wade Sewell has now taken a slim lead over Dennis Barry, who was endorsed by Moms for Liberty, in the District B race. With the first day of canvassing concluded, Sewell has 6,610 votes to Barry’s 6,316 votes.

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Carol Mueller is in the lead to keep her District C seat, with 7,792 votes. Kayla Mariskanish, who was endorsed by Moms for Liberty, trails with 6,535 votes.

Carol Bruce has pulled into the lead in District E with 5,980 votes. Tanya Tyo, who was endorsed by Moms for Liberty and was leading before Thursday’s count, now has 5,673 votes.

Diane Alvarez, who was endorsed by Moms for Liberty, is in the lead to represent District F with 6,706 votes. Sharon Jacobs is close behind with 5,933 votes.

The other two school board races have a large margin between the leader and runner-up.

Denise Perry is in the lead to represent District A on the Board of Education with 5,938 votes. Stephen Puopolo is behind with 3,164 votes.

Melissa Hahn, who was endorsed by Moms for Liberty, is in the lead to represent District D with 11,246 votes. Ariane Kelly, who was running to retain her seat on the board, is far behind with 4,686 votes.


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