Manlove, Em­merich neck-and-neck for school board

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

— 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

ELK­TON

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.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,

for­mer Repub­li­can Cen­tral a

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.

CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Kevin Em­merich, a new­comer to pol­i­tics, was neck-and-neck with Wil­liam Manlove for the school board rep­re­sen­ta­tive from Dis­trict 1.

CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Wil­liam Manlove, an in­cum­bent school board mem­ber rep­re­sent­ing Dis­trict 1, was in a close race Tues­day night.

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