Fazz­ino, Do­or­dan top school board nom­i­nees

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IAN­NETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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-

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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.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Ris­ing Sun Mayor Travis Marion (left) talks with Jim Fazz­ino, a win­ner in the three-way school board race in Tues­day’s pri­mary.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Newly elected Repub­li­can coun­cil nom­i­nee Robert Mef­fley (left) talks with Gre­gory MacDon­ald, who lost the Repub­li­can county ex­ec­u­tive nom­i­na­tion.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY JA­COB OWENS

Newly-elected Repub­li­can coun­cil nom­i­nee Robert Mef­fley (right) shakes hands with his cam­paign trea­surer Ed Gin­der.

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