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School board candidate's health leads him to suspend campaign; Steven Johnson suffering from continued weight loss


Steven H. Johnson, one of three contenders for the Board of Education seat from South County, has suspended his candidacy because of health problems.

Johnson, of Annapolis, said yesterday that he is awaiting test results to explain his continued weight loss before deciding whether to reenter the school board contest.

"I've been suffering [from] a weight loss problem for a time, and it seems to be accelerating," he said. "I decided it wasn't a good thing to be in the middle of a campaign."

Johnson said he will resume the school board race if he gets the medical go-ahead before the School Board Nominating Convention May 10.

If not, he said, he will drop out of contention for the school board seat.

"It may be something serious or something simple that can be turned around pretty fast," Johnson said. "If it takes a long time to turn things around, then I'll withdraw."

Johnson announced his decision through a spokesman Tuesday at the second school board candidate hearing at Broadneck High School, said Mark Fontaine, hearing moderator and treasurer of the School Board Nominating Convention Committee.

Johnson said he will not attend the third and final candidate hearing, scheduled for 7 p.m. April 26 at Arundel High School. Fontaine said his absence at the hearings will not affect Johnson's candidacy because the convention bylaws do not address candidates' attendance at hearings.

Also running for the South County board seat are Michael J. McNelly of Tracys Landing, who is seeking a second five-year term, and challenger John A. Roberts of Arnold.

Incumbent Janet Bury of Brooklyn Park is unopposed in seeking renomination for the North County board seat.

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