Charles County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Charles County Public Schools Elections

Primary Election date:
June 24, 2014
General Election date:
November 4, 2014
Table of Contents
About the district
Method of election
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
See also
Charles County Public Schools
Charles County, Maryland ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Maryland
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Seven seats on the Charles County Board of Education are up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was a primary election on July 24, 2014 to narrow the 20-candidate field down to 14 candidates. The top 14 candidates in the primary included incumbents Jennifer S. Abell and Michael Lukas and challengers Mark Crawford, Lorina Harris, Jason Henry Sr., Victoria Talley Kelly, Karla M. Kornegay, Margaret T. Marshall, Virginia McGraw, Barbara Palko, Melissa Pascarella, Robert Michael Pitts, Michael A. Wilson and Stephen Ziegler. Board members Roberta S. Wise, Maura H. Cook, Patricia Bowie, Pamela Pedersen and Donald Wade did not file for re-election.

About the district

See also: Charles County Public Schools, Maryland
Charles County Public Schools is located in Charles County, Maryland
Charles County Public Schools is based in La Plata, the county seat of Charles County, Maryland. According to the United States Census Bureau, Charles County is home to 152,864 residents.[1] Charles County Public Schools is the 10th-largest school district in Maryland, serving 26,778 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[2]


Charles County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 26.6 percent of Charles County residents aged 25 years and older had attained a bachelor's degree compared to 36.3 percent for Maryland as a whole. The median household income in Charles County was $93,063 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Charles County was 6.7 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[1]

Racial Demographics, 2012[1]
Race Charles County (%) Maryland (%)
White 50.0 60.8
Black or African American 42.4 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.7 0.5
Asian 3.2 6.0
Two or More Races 3.5 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 4.7 8.7

Party registration, 2014[3]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 57,541
Republican 24,556
Unaffiliated 16,259
Other 552
Libertarian 312
Green 120
Total 99,340

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages.[4]

Method of board member selection

The Charles County Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to four-year terms. There was a primary election on June 24, 2014 and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. All seven board seats will be up for election again in November 2018.

Board candidates submitted their statements of organization and certificates of candidacy with the county elections office by February 25, 2014. Each candidate was also required to submit a filing fee of $25 to the county. State law requires candidates to be registered voters and residents of the district.[5]

Residents of Charles County who weren't registered to vote had to register for the primary election by June 3, 2014. The county offered early voting in the primary from June 12, 2014 to June 19, 2014. First-time voters who are not already registered must register for the general election by October 14, 2014. Early voting for the general election takes place from October 23, 2014 to October 30, 2014.[6]





  • Jennifer S. Abell
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, College of Southern Maryland
    • Division director, March of Dimes
  • Mark Crawford
    • Graduate, Liberty University
    • Teacher, Southern Maryland Christian Academy
    • Former board member, 2002-2006
  • Lorina Harris
    • Graduate, Amsterdam School of the Arts
    • Owner, Art Smart Studio
  • Jason Henry Sr.
    • Senior desktop engineer, Inova Health System

Candidates defeated in the primary

Election results

Charles County Public Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer S. Abell Incumbent 10.2% 10,344
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Lukas Incumbent 8.6% 8,710
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia McGraw 8.2% 8,338
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVictoria Talley Kelly 8.1% 8,258
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret T. Marshall 6.2% 6,268
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Palko 6% 6,146
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert Michael Pitts 5.5% 5,550
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Crawford 5.2% 5,300
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMelissa Pascarella 4.2% 4,241
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJason Henry Sr. 4% 4,091
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael A. Wilson 4% 4,079
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLorina Harris 3.9% 3,923
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngStephen Ziegler 3.8% 3,853
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKarla M. Kornegay 3.6% 3,694
     Nonpartisan Richard Wallace 3.5% 3,597
     Nonpartisan Derrick Terry 3.5% 3,584
     Nonpartisan Jocelyn Mann Denyer 3.3% 3,354
     Nonpartisan Betsy Marie Eubanks 3.2% 3,257
     Nonpartisan Marcus Tillman 3.1% 3,105
     Nonpartisan Carl Blumenstein 2% 2,044
Total Votes 101,736
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 24, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


The Education Association of Charles County endorsed Jennifer S. Abell, Victoria Talley Kelly, Michael Lukas, Margaret T. Marshall, Virginia McGraw, Barbara Palko and Robert Michael Pitts for the June 24, 2014 primary election.[7]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $260.00 and reported $1,644.79 in expenditures as of May 23, 2014, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. State law allows candidates to file Affidavits of Limited Contributions and Expenditures (ALCE) if their campaigns did not accept $1,000 in contributions or spend $1,000 in a particular reporting period. Twelve candidates have filed ALCEs prior to the primary including incumbent Jennifer S. Abell.[8]

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Jennifer S. Abell $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Carl Blumenstein $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Mark Crawford $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Jocelyn Mann Denyer $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Betsy Marie Eubanks $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Lorina Harris $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Jason Henry Sr. $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Victoria Talley Kelly $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Karla M. Kornegay $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Michael Lukas $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Margaret T. Marshall $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Virginia McGraw $50.00 $0.00 $50.00
Barbara Palko $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Melissa Pascarella $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Robert Michael Pitts $40.00 $628.86 -$588.86
Derrick Terry $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Marcus Tillman $0.00 $153.17 -$153.17
Richard Wallace $170.00 $862.76 -$692.76
Michael A. Wilson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Stephen Ziegler $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Charles County Public Schools election in 2014:[6]

Deadline Event
February 25, 2014 Deadline for candidate filing
June 3, 2014 Voter registration deadline for primary election
June 12, 2014 First day of early voting for primary election
June 19, 2014 Last day of early voting for primary election
June 24, 2014 Primary election day
October 14, 2014 Voter registration deadline for general election
October 23, 2014 First day of early voting for general election
October 30, 2014 Last day of early voting for general election
November 4, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shares the ballot with county, state and federal elections on November 4, 2014. Residents of Charles County will vote in races for county commission, sheriff and state's attorney. The general election ballot includes candidates for governor, attorney general and other state executive offices. Voters will also choose candidates for state legislative seats and U.S. House seats on November 4, 2014.[9]

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