Board of Education candidates respond to questions in series

November 30, 1999|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

Do you have a question for one of the nine candidates vying for four open seats on the Washington County Board of Education? Each Monday through Feb. 4, The Herald-Mail will publish candidates' answers to one question. Some of those will be from voters. E-mail questions you have for candidates to reporter Erin Cunningham at or call 301-733-5131, ext. 2041.

To learn more about the candidates for the Washington County Board of Education, go to and click on the 2008 Election Coverage box.

Dates to remember

n Primary election date: Feb. 12.

n General Election date: Nov. 4.

n Deadline to register to vote in primary: Jan. 22. The Washington County Board of Elections will be open until 9 p.m. that day.


Nine candidates, including two incumbents and three former board members, will run in the Feb. 12 primary election for the Washington County Board of Election.


The nine candidates will vie for four open seats on the board. Eight will move on to the general election on Nov. 4.

Those running are Donna Brightman, Jacqueline B. Fischer, W. Edward Forrest, Meredith Fouche, Justin M. Hartings, Tom Janus, Margaret Lowery, Wayne D. Ridenour and Russell F. Williams II.

Two Washington County Board of Education incumbents did not file to reclaim their seats in next year's election. Board President Roxanne R. Ober and Board Member Bernadette M. Wagner said previously they decided not to run to give other people a chance to serve.

With the election just around the corner, The Herald-Mail will give the candidates a chance to respond to a specific question each Monday through Feb. 4 .

On A3 of today's paper, you will find the first of the candidates' responses.

The Herald-Mail asked the nine candidates vying for four open seats on the Washington County Board of Education what they would change about redistricting decisions made by the current board.

Each candidate was asked to verbally respond to the question, which they did not receive in advance.

Some said they thought the process was valid, but the end result was not. Others said they supported the decisions that were made. One said he was disappointed that the process was not yet complete.

The Board of Education will soon receive a proposal that could move about 160 students from Boonsboro Elementary to a new school being built south of Hagerstown.

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