Voters cast ballots for two school board races
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.