Fazz­ino, Manlove take seats on school board

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By JES­SICA IANNETTA

jian­netta@ce­cil­whig.com

— 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

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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.

PHO­TOS BY JES­SICA IANNETTA

School board mem­ber Wil­liam Manlove gives a brief speech af­ter tak­ing the oath of of­fice on Mon­day.

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