The field of candidates seeking four seats on the Washington County Board of Education is about to be cut nearly in half as voters cast their ballots today in the primary election.
The polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., Election Board Supervisor Dorothy Kaetzel said.
Also today, some voters will be casting ballots for presidential candidates, among other contests.
Fourteen people, including four incumbents, are running for seats on the school board. The eight receiving the most votes will run in the Nov. 2 general election, Kaetzel said.
The four incumbents are:
- Edward Forrest, 40, of Hagerstown.
- Roxanne Ober, 44, of Hagerstown.
- Bernadette Wagner, 46, of Hagerstown.
- Princeton Young, 56, of Hagerstown.
Challenging them are:
- Thomas Berry, 71, of Rohrersville.
- The Rev. Blaine E. Feightner, 57, of Keedysville.
- Richard Grassby, 68, of Hagerstown.
- Barry Harbaugh, 44, of Clear Spring.
- Tom Janus, 61, of Hagerstown.
- Gary Nally, 46, of Williamsport.
- Wayne Ridenour, 52, of Williamsport.
- George William "Bill" Sonnik III, 57, of Williamsport.
- Teresa Spruill, 45, of Smithsburg.
- William Staley, 59, of Hagerstown.
The names of two others - Connie Jantz, 39, of Knoxville and Elizabeth Lay, 45, of Clear Spring - will be on the ballot but both dropped out of the school board race.