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Myers files for Board of Education

June 24, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Not letting her defeat in Smithsburg's mayoral election keep her out of politics, Mildred "Mickey" Myers is running for a seat on the Washington County Board of Education.

A former Washington County schools employee, Myers said people have often suggested that she run for the school board.

But that was when she was mayor of Smithsburg, and she did not believe she would be able to do both jobs effectively if she were elected to the school board.

After she was defeated last month in the Smithsburg mayoral race, Myers said people have begun talking to her again about running.

"I just think I have some things to offer," said Myers, who lost the mayor's election to former Smithsburg Police Chief Tommy Bowers.

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Myers and the Town Council fired Bowers as the town's police chief last August, infuriating some residents and prompting Bowers to enter the mayoral race in an attempt to unseat Myers.

"That's in the past now," said Myers, who said she hopes the school board race will focus on issues.

But Myers declined to talk Tuesday about specific topics involving the school system, saying she will have to study issues facing the system more closely before making comments.

Myers said she believes her experience assisting teachers in schools will give her the knowledge to do what is best for students.

Myers worked for about 30 years in the school system's Chapter 1 program, a federally funded remedial math and reading program. She retired from the school system two years ago.

Myers' served as treasurer of the Washington County Republican Central Committee and as a member of the Washington County Republican Club.

She also is a member of the Washington County Ethics Commission.

Myers is one of six candidates vying for five seats on the Board of Education. If more than 10 people file for school board, a primary will be held on Sept. 15, with the top 10 vote-getters vying for the five seats in the general election on Nov. 3.

The top three vote-getters in the general election will serve four-year terms, and the next two highest vote-getters will serve two-year terms.

After this election, a school board member will make $4,800 a year. The board president will make $4,900 a year.

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