QA Republican Central Committee to recommend school board candidate
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.