Manlove, Emmerich neck-and-neck for school board
— The race for the District 1 school board seat was neck-andneck on Tuesday night with incumbent William Manlove leading challenger Kevin Emmerich by less than 1,000 votes.
With only absentee and provisional ballots still to be counted, Manlove, a former county commissioner, had 17,832 votes while Emmerich, a retired Verizon supervisor/projects manager, had 16,892 votes in the race for the District 1 seat, which covers the Elkton area south of Route 40 and all of the southern county.
During the campaign, Manlove
email@example.com has emphasized that he would bring experience to the position, both from his time serving as a county commissioner and from his past experience on the board. Manlove was first appointed to the school board in 2011 to fill a vacancy and was then elected to a full term in 2012.
Since joining the board, he’s tried to visit all 29 schools every year to get firsthand knowledge about what goes on in the classroom and to see new policies and programs in practice. On the other hand, Emmerich,
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Committee member and self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, promised to bring a conservative voice to the school board if elected. Emmerich has made the school budget a key issue in his campaign, along with his anti-Common Core stance.
Emmerich maintains that the school can do more when it comes to taking nonrecurring expenses out of the state-mandated maintenance of effort budget calculation. He’s also been critical of the school system’s use of fund balance and supports Gov. Hogan’s mandate that all schools start after Labor Day and finish before June 15.
Whoever wins the seat will be joined on the board by Jim Fazzino who ran unchallenged in the race for the District 2 seat. Fazzino, a Baltimore County e-learning supervisor, was the top votegetter in the April primary, beating out both Erin Doordan and Ron Lobos.
Though school board seats are non-partisan, if three or more people file for a seat, the primary is used as a runoff election to narrow down the field to two candidates for the general election. Fazzino would have faced Doordan in the general election but she dropped out of the race in July. Lobos, meanwhile, filed as a write-in candidate for the general election.
Kevin Emmerich, a newcomer to politics, was neck-and-neck with William Manlove for the school board representative from District 1.
William Manlove, an incumbent school board member representing District 1, was in a close race Tuesday night.