B. Marie Byers is seeking an eighth term on the Washington County Board of Education.
Byers, 63, was appointed to the school board for a four-year term in 1970 and has served continuously since then.
During her first term, the school board was changed from an appointed to an elected board, and Byers successfully ran to retain her seat in 1974, she said.
If re-elected, it would be her first term on a seven-member board, said Byers, who started lobbying for the board's expansion from five to seven members in 1986 and finally saw it happen last year.
Byers, a product of Washington County public schools, taught in county elementary schools for six years.
Currently vice president of the board, she has served 12 times as board president and 10 times as vice president.
Her involvement in education has spread beyond the county to state and national leadership roles. She has been president, treasurer and secretary of the Maryland Association of Boards of Education and a member of the National School Board Association.