Fazzino, Doordan top school board nominees
— Erin Doordan and Jim Fazzino will move on to the general election in November after receiving the most votes in the District 2 Board of Education primary, beating out Ron Lobos.
Fazzino, a Baltimore County Public Schools e-learning supervisor, lead the field with about 47 percent of votes while Doordan, a ServiceSource employee consultant, was second with about 34 per-
cent. Lobos, a real estate appraiser, was a distant third with about 19 percent.
Though school board seats are non-partisan, if three or more people file for a seat, the primary is used as a run-off election to narrow down the field to two candidates for the general election.
Fazzino said he was humbled to have received so many votes in the primary and is excited to move onto the general election in November. During his primary campaign, Fazzino, who has two kids that attend Ce- cil County Public Schools, visited more than 10 schools around the county to learn about the challenges facing the district.
As he moves onto the general, Fazzino said he hopes to continue those conversations while reaching out to the community and elected officials on both the local and state level.
“I’m certainly honored to have the confidence of the county moving forward into November,” he said.
“It really is about putting students first. First and foremost, I’m a dad and for me, the kids have to come first.”
Doordan, who will face Fazzino in the general election, also has two kids in county schools and attributed her success, in part, to the support of her family
and friends. Doordan has lived in the county since she was 5 years old and, though she ran a relatively low-key campaign, said her family’s name and her long history in the county were a major boost.
“It’s so exciting because I’ve done all this on my own with just my family and friends for support,” she said. “I’m just overwhelmed by everyone coming out and making the difference I was trying to
make a reality.”
Going forward, Doordan said she will try to re-group and re-focus her efforts. She made community involvement a major focus of her primary campaign and said she plans to expand on those efforts in the next few months.
In contrast to Doordan and Fazzino, Lobos ran an outsider campaign on the promise that he would bring a new perspective to the school board and repre-
sent the average taxpayer. Lobos said he was disappointed not to advance in the primary but insisted their were no sour grapes and that he’ll continue to come to school board meetings and give his thoughts during public comments.
“The people have decided they wanted to continue in the same direction they have been,” he said. “I’m not part of the establishment and they decided to continue to let the estab-
lishment run the schools.”
Lobos, a self-described fiscal conservative and critic of Common Core, entered the primary race on a conservative education slate with Kevin Emmerich, who is challenging incumbent Bill Manlove for the District 1 seat in November. Because only two candidates filed for the District 1 seat, they were both guaranteed a spot on the general election ballot and Lobos said he will be sup-
porting and helping Emmerich come November.
This year’s contested school board primary in District 2 is the first one since 2010, when four candidates filed for both the District 4 and District 5 seats. Donna Marie Zane, the first elected school board member to serve two terms, and current school board president Dawn Branch would eventually emerge as the winners from that crowded primary field.
Rising Sun Mayor Travis Marion (left) talks with Jim Fazzino, a winner in the three-way school board race in Tuesday’s primary.
Newly elected Republican council nominee Robert Meffley (left) talks with Gregory MacDonald, who lost the Republican county executive nomination.
Newly-elected Republican council nominee Robert Meffley (right) shakes hands with his campaign treasurer Ed Ginder.