Eleven apply for vacant Anne Arundel County school board seat

Rachael Pacella
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Eleven people have applied to fill a seat on the Anne Arundel County Board of Education left vacant when District 30 representative Maria Sasso resigned in July.

The district includes Annapolis and Edgewater. The term will expire in December 2020.

The 13-member School Board Appointment Commission will interview the candidates in the coming weeks, a schools spokeswoman said, but the schedule has not been released yet. The interviews are open to the public.

Applications from each candidate are available on the school system’s website, including background information and statements on critical issues.

The vacancy — and the need to fill it — comes as the board is transitioning from appointed to elected.

Right now the board is made up of eight adult representatives from state legislative districts. By December 2020, the new board will have seven members, one from each district in the county. There is one student member now and that won’t change. Anne Arundel’s student member is the only student board member in the state with full voting rights.

This November voters in districts 1, 4, 5 and 7 can cast a ballot and decide who will represent them for a term that extends to 2024. In November 2020, representatives from the remaining districts will be elected to four-year terms.

In 2024, school board elections will occur for all seven districts.

The appointment commission has already convened once this year to fill a vacant seat in District 32 — they selected Sidney Butcher — and depending on the results of the election in November their services could be called on again.

Board President Julie Hummer is serving in an at-large seat that expires in 2020. She is running for office this year because she lives in District 4.

If she wins, the appointment commission will need to convene again to find a replacement to serve the remaining two years of her term for the at-large seat.

It is the same with Vice President Terry Gilleland, who is slated to represent District 31 through 2020, but running in District 5 this year.

The applicants include former District 7 school board candidate Ray Leone, who lost in the primary election earlier this year.

The candidates are:

  • Serpil Gulsen, of Annapolis, general sales director of the Turkish Coffee Lady Cafe in Tysons Corner, Virginia.
  • Mohammed Hussain, of Annapolis, senior performance test engineer for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  • Robert Leib, of Harwood, a retired county employee who most recently served as special assistant to the county executive for veteran’s affairs.
  • Leone, of Edgewater, a supervisor at Plow and Hearth.
  • Jeffrey Macris, of Annapolis, a senior analyst for the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory.
  • Kathleen McQuade, of Annapolis, chief marketing officer for AllCity Wireless Internet.
  • Regina Miles, of Annapolis, a government information specialist for the U.S. Department of Education.
  • Jessica Quincosa, of Riva, executive director of Community Legal Services of Prince George’s County Inc.
  • James Schneider, of Edgewater, real estate broker and investor for The Real Estate Authority.
  • Erin Snell, of Annapolis, an independent education and nonprofit consultant.
  • Wade Winkler, of Riva, a professor in the University of Maryland’s Department of Cell Biology and Molecular Genetics.
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