Vot­ers cast bal­lots for two school board races

Dorchester Star - - Regional -

CAM­BRIDGE — The Dorch­ester County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion saw two con­tested races in Tues­day’s state pri­mary elec­tion.

The two can­di­dates re­ceiv­ing the high­est to­tals in each district move on to Novem­ber’s gen­eral elec­tion.

In the first district, cur­rent board mem­ber Glenn Bram­ble was op­posed by Jodi Cavanaugh Jews and Robert Kirkley. Kirkley and Bram­ble ad­vance to the Novem­ber gen­eral elec­tion, with Kirkley re­ceiv­ing 583 votes, Bram­ble 578 and Jews 259 votes.

Three new can­di­dates are seek­ing the fifth district seat on the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion — Ch­eryl Ever­man, Laura Lay­ton and Von­cia Molock. Lay­ton and Molock ap­pear likely to ad­vance to the gen­eral elec­tion. Lay­ton earned 678 votes, while Molock had 215 and Ever­man had 182.

Bram­ble is vice pres­i­dent of the board of ed­u­ca­tion and is serv­ing his sec­ond term as a mem­ber. In his first term, he served as board pres­i­dent.

He was born and raised in Dorch­ester County, and has owned DSA Con­tract­ing in Cam­bridge for 45 years. In ad­di­tion to con­tribut­ing to the com­mu­nity as a lo­cal busi­ness owner, he has served on the Dorch­ester County Coun­cil, Cam­bridge Plan­ning and Zon­ing Com­mis­sion and the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay Crit­i­cal Area Com­mis­sion.

Kirkley is the pas­tor of the Church Creek Charge. He served sev­eral years on the St. Mary’s County Board of Ed­u­ca­tion, be­gin­ning in 1987, and served 10 years with the Mary­land As­so­ci­a­tion of Boards of Ed­u­ca­tion. He was pres­i­dent of MABE for the 1996-97 school year.

He and his wife have owned prop­erty on Tay­lors Is­land for 45 years, and moved to Dorch­ester County per­ma­nently in 2000.

Jews cur­rently serves as an at­tor­ney in Cam­bridge and col­lege pro­fes­sor at Mor­gan State Univer­sity. She teaches eth­i­cal con­sid­er­a­tions in busi­ness law, and pro­fes­sional devel­op­ment. Jews said she in­tends to use her skills, train­ing and ed­u­ca­tion to help the chil­dren in Dorch­ester County re­ceive a bet­ter ed­u­ca­tion.

She earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree from Notre Dame of Mary­land Univer­sity and her law de­gree from Univer­sity of Mary­land Law School. She has prac­ticed law for 22 years, 16 of those in the Cam­bridge area. In ad­di­tion to her law prac­tice and pro­fes­sor­ship du­ties, Jews is a Ph.D. can­di­date in higher ed­u­ca­tion at Mor­gan State Univer­sity.

In the fifth district, Lay­ton was a Dorch­ester County ed­u­ca­tor for 33 years, and now serves as the pres­i­dent of the Dorch­ester County Re­tired Ed­u­ca­tors group. She has lived in the county for 45 years.

Molock was raised in Dorch­ester County and is a grad­u­ate of North Dorch­ester High School. She earned her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in elec­tron­ics en­gi­neer­ing and tech­nol­ogy from DeVry In­sti­tute of Tech­nol­ogy and her mas­ter’s de­gree in man­age­ment from Pur­due Univer­sity.

Molock cur­rently works as an in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy sup­port ser­vices man­ager. Her four chil­dren are stu­dents in the Dorch­ester County Public Schools sys­tem.

Ever­man has been a res­i­dent of the Eastern Shore since 2001. She said she de­cided to run for a po­si­tion on the Board of Ed­u­ca­tion “be­cause Dorch­ester County stu­dents, es­pe­cially mi­nor­ity stu­dents, con­tinue to lag be­hind most of the schools in the state in achieve­ment.”


Cam­paign signs fes­toon the lawn in front of Sandy Hill Ele­men­tary in Cam­bridge on April 26 dur­ing state pri­mary elec­tion vot­ing.

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