Fazzino, Manlove take seats on school board
— Jim Fazzino and William Manlove officially began their board of education terms on Monday afternoon following a brief ceremony at the George Washington Carver Education Leadership Center.
The ceremony marked the end of long journey for both men that began nearly 11 months ago. While Manlove didn’t have to participate in a primary as part of his quest to win re-election to the District 1 seat, Fazzino, a newcomer to politics, found himself in a three-way primary with Ron Lobos and Erin Doordan for the District 2 seat. After earning the most votes during the primary, Fazzino was set to face Doordan in the November general election only to have her drop out of the race in July, clearing the way for him to win the seat.
Manlove, who also served as a county commissioner for years, meanwhile faced a tough general
election race, beating out challenger Kevin Emmerich by 1,000 votes to win the seat.
“I’d like to thank the people of Cecil County who voted for me and if you didn’t vote for me, you made a mistake,” Manlove joked shortly after being sworn in. “It is indeed an honor for me to be elected. It was a little tighter than I really wanted to see it this time.”
Manlove stressed that he comes from a family of educators and has always believed strongly in education and is looking forward to continuing to help make education a top priority in the county.
During his brief speech, Fazzino noted that he had attended the inauguration ceremony for the county executive and county council earlier that day and listened to the officials outline their visions and plans for Cecil County.
“I can’t help think how much all of that rests in the bedrock of education,” he said. “Strong communities need strong schools and I will continue to put students’ interests first.”
Manlove and Fazzino will join President Dawn Branch, Vice President Wendy Wintersgill and William Malesh on the school board.
School board member Jim Fazzino takes his oath of office on Monday afternoon.
School board member William Manlove gives a brief speech after taking the oath of office on Monday.