QA Re­pub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee to rec­om­mend school board can­di­date

Record Observer - - News - By AN­GELA PRICE bay­times@kib­sy­times.com

CEN­TRE­VILLE — The Queen Anne’s County Re­pub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has so­licited ap­pli­cants in­ter­ested in serv­ing on the lo­cal school board. Bishop Ar­lene Tay­lor’s death Sept. 18 left a va­cancy on the board. Tay­lor was the at-large mem­ber of the board and had taken a leave of ab­sence from her po­si­tion of pres­i­dent while bat­tling cancer. Her term ex­pires next year.

In case of a va­cancy on the county board, the gover­nor shall ap­point a per­son to serve un­til a suc­ces­sor is elected and qual­i­fies, ac­cord­ing to Mary­land state law.

While the school board po­si­tion in Queen Anne’s County is non-par­ti­san, Queen Anne’s County Re­pub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee Chair­man Tim Kingston said sub­mit­ting names of nom­i­nees for the gover­nor’s con­sid­er­a­tion is one of the com­mit­tee’s du­ties.

By law, he said, each of the po­lit­i­cal cen­tral com­mit­tees may sub­mit the name of a nom­i­nee.

“The role of a school board mem­ber is crit­i­cal to our com­mu­nity, and Ar­lene Tay­lor’s con­tri­bu­tions will long be re­mem­bered,” said Kingston. “Par­ents and tax­pay­ers ex­pect the board of ed­u­ca­tion to pro­vide mea­sur­able re­sults for all of our stu­dents. With the help of pub­lic in­put, we will nom­i­nate the best per­son to get those re­sults.”

The com­mit­tee is con­sid­er­ing three can­di­dates: Tammy Harper, Joe Gannon and Rick Bow­ers. Both Harper and Gannon pre­vi­ously served on the school board. Bow­ers is a lo­cal busi­ness man and mem­ber of the Re­pub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee. He has re­cused him­self from the se­lec­tion process ex­cept as a can­di­date.

In­ter­views are set for Satur­day, and by Mon­day, the com­mit­tee ex­pects to have a let­ter of rec­om­men­da­tion and en­dorse­ment for one of the can­di­dates, Kingston said.

The Queen Anne’s County Demo­cratic Cen­tral Com­mit­tee has not so­licited can­di­dates for the non-par­ti­san po­si­tion, said Elaine McNeil, com­mit­tee chair­man.

In­stead, she has di­rected any­one in­ter­ested to ap­ply through the Gover­nor’s Ap­point­ments Of­fice.

“There’s an ap­pli­ca­tion process … through the gover­nor’s web­site,” she said.

The QA Re­pub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee notes on its web­site that ap­pli­cants must also ap­ply sep­a­rately through the Gover­nor’s Ap­point­ments Of­fice.

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