Do­or­dan with­draws from school board race

Leaves only 2 local races on Nov. ballot

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— Af­ter sur­viv­ing a three-way pri­mary in April, Erin Do­or­dan has with­drawn her name from the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion District 2 race, ef­fec­tively ced­ing the seat to Jim Fazz­ino.

Do­or­dan, who came in sec­ond to Fazz­ino in the pri­mary, of­fi­cially with­drew her can­di­dacy on July 11,

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though she did not pub­licly an­nounce her de­ci­sion un­til Mon­day night, a few hours af­ter the Whig called to ask about her with­drawal. On Mon­day, Do­or­dan said she de­cided to drop out be­cause the cam­paign was tak­ing too much time away from her fam­ily.

As the sin­gle mom of two boys, ages 10 and 12, Do­or­dan said she couldn’t have an­tic­i­pated how the cam­paign would af­fect her fam­ily.

“I have to do what’s best for me and my fam­ily,” she said. “I have to make sure my own stu­dents are do­ing well be­fore I think about other stu­dents.”

Along with rais­ing her sons , Door dan is also cur­rently pur­su­ing a de­gree at Wilm­ing­ton Univer­sity and work­ing as an em­ployee con­sul­tant for Ser­viceSource. In the end, jug­gling all these re­spon­si­bil­i­ties be­came too much, she said.

While she “fully in­tended” to see the elec­tion through, Do­or­dan said she feels com­fort­able drop­ping out know­ing Fazz­ino will win the seat.

“I feel as though I was will­ing to put up a whole fight and win this thing for sure, but then when I thought about it, Jim (Fazz­ino) and I are re­ally on the same page,” she said. “We re­ally want what’s best for stu­dents.”

Do­or­dan orig­i­nally filed for the school board seat hours be­fore the dead­line in Fe­bru­ary, af­ter learning that Ron Lo­bos, a mem­ber of the con­ser­va­tive ac­tivist Ce­cil County Pa­tri­ots group, was the only per­son who filed for the seat. Un­be­knownst to her though, Fazz­ino had filed just a few hours be­fore her, set­ting up a three-way race in the April pri­mary.

Since only two can­di­dates can be on the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion ballot, pri­maries are used to nar­row the field when more than two peo­ple have filed for a seat.

Fazz­ino ul­ti­mately won the

pri­mary hand­ily, earn­ing 47 per­cent of the vote with Do­or­dan in sec­ond at 34 per­cent and Lo­bos in last with 19 per­cent. Fazz­ino and Do­or­dan would have faced off in the gen­eral elec­tion to de­cide the win­ner of the seat.

Lo­bos, a self-de­scribed fis­cal con­ser­va­tive, stirred controversy in the pri­mary by run­ning an out­sider cam­paign that fo­cused on the school bud­get and his op­po­si­tion to the Com­mon Core cur­ricu­lum.

Lo­bos’s can­di­dacy was one of the rea­sons Do­or­dan said she filed for the seat and, with Lo­bos out of the run­ning, she feels the seat is in good hands.

“I set out to do what I wanted to do,” she said. “Lo­bos won’t be on the school board for the next four years at least.”

While Do­or­dan didn’t pub­licly an­nounce her de­ci­sion to drop-out un­til Mon­day, she meet with Fazz­ino in mid-June to tell him that she was con­sid­er­ing leav­ing the race.

“I didn’t want him to spend any more money. There was no need for that,” she said.

Dur­ing the pri­mary elec­tion, Fazz­ino spent a to­tal of $1,847, in­clud­ing $1,459 that he loaned to his own cam­paign, ac­cord­ing to cam­paign fi­nance re­ports re­leased April 15, less than two weeks be­fore the April 26 pri­mary. He far out­spent Lo­bos and Do­or­dan who both filed no­tices that they had raised less than $1,000 for their cam­paigns.

Though he knew Do­or­dan was con­sid­er­ing drop­ping out, Fazz­ino said on Tues­day he didn’t re­al­ize she had of­fi­cially with­drawn un­til he checked the elec­tion web­site last week. How­ever, Fazz­ino said he wanted to wait for Do­or­dan to pub­licly an­nounce her with­drawal be­fore he said any­thing pub­licly.

Although he’s now the District 2 Board of Ed­u­ca­tion mem­ber-elect, Fazz­ino said not much will change with his cam­paign go­ing for­ward.

“It’s an honor to serve the good peo­ple of Ce­cil County in this ca­pac­ity,” he said.

Fazz­ino and his team have been tabling at the Ce­cil County Fair this week and Fazz­ino said he will con­tinue to visit schools and reach out to the com­mu­nity in the com­ing months.

“It’s still im­por­tant to lis­ten and learn so I can be an ac­tive mem­ber of the school board,” he said.

With the District 2 race de­cided, at­ten­tion will turn to the District 1 school board race where Kevin Em­merich is chal­leng­ing in­cum­bent Wil­liam Manlove in the Novem­ber elec­tion. Em­merich ini­tially ran on a con­ser­va­tive ed­u­ca­tion slate with Lo­bos, be­fore Lo­bos’s pri­mary loss.

The District 1 race is one of only two con­tested county elec­tions on the Novem­ber ballot. In the only other con­tested race, Repub­li­can County Coun­cil Vice Pres­i­dent Alan McCarthy will square off against Demo­cratic Port De­posit Mayor Wayne Tome for county ex­ec­u­tive.

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