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Rocco to withdraw from school board race

August 13, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

One of 16 candidates for the Washington County Board of Education says he is dropping out of the race.

Denis Rocco, co-owner of Morin-Rocco Contractors Inc. in Hagerstown, said a lot of unexpected work has cropped up at work and cut into the time he could devote to school board duties.

A lot of serious issues face the school board, and it would be a "cop-out" to miss meetings when those issues are being discussed, said Rocco.

Morin-Rocco specializes in residential and commercial contracting.

Rocco said he decided to run for a seat on the school board at the urging of friends.

His departure from the race brings to 15 the number of candidates heading into the primary election on Sept. 15. The top 10 vote-getters from the primary will vie for five open seats in the Nov. 3 general election.

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Two of the seats are newly created, and will increase the size of the board from five to seven members.

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.

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