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 were 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.

Incumbents Jennifer S. Abell and Michael Lukas, along with newcomers Victoria Talley Kelly, Virginia McGraw, Barbara Palko, Mark Crawford and Margaret T. Marshall, won the general 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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[4] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

Method of board member selection

The Charles County Board of Education consists of seven members elected at-large to concurrent four-year terms. There was a primary election on June 24, 2014, and a general election took place on November 4, 2014.

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 required candidates to be registered voters and residents of the district.[5]

County residents had to register to vote for the primary election by June 3, 2014. The county offered early voting in the primary from June 12, 2014, to June 19, 2014. The deadline to register to vote in the general election was October 14, 2014. Early voting for the general election took place from October 23, 2014, to October 30, 2014.[6]




Candidates defeated in the primary

Election results

Charles County Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer S. Abell Incumbent 11.8% 25,609
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVictoria Talley Kelly 10% 21,572
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Lukas Incumbent 9.1% 19,781
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngVirginia McGraw 8.9% 19,363
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBarbara Palko 7.5% 16,256
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMark Crawford 7.4% 16,106
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMargaret T. Marshall 7% 15,247
     Nonpartisan Robert Michael Pitts 6.4% 13,857
     Nonpartisan Michael A. Wilson 6.2% 13,477
     Nonpartisan Lorina Harris 6.1% 13,113
     Nonpartisan Jason Henry Sr. 5.1% 11,010
     Nonpartisan Karla M. Kornegay 4.9% 10,692
     Nonpartisan Melissa Pascarella 4.8% 10,437
     Nonpartisan Stephen Ziegler 4.6% 9,970
Total Votes 216,490
Source: Charles County Board of Elections, "2014 Gubernatorial General Election Summary Report," accessed December 20, 2014


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] Victoria Talley Kelly, Virginia McGraw, Michael Lukas and Barbara Palko were endorsed by Parents Choice of Maryland.[8]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $9,438.55 and reported $8,100.95 in expenditures, according to reports available from the Maryland State Board of Elections on October 20, 2014. 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 filed ALCEs prior to the primary including incumbent Jennifer S. Abell.[9] The following amounts do not include in-kind contributions. The "Cash on hand" column calculations include existing account balances from previous campaigns when applicable.

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 $2,100.05 $1,679.64 $420.41
Karla M. Kornegay $2,602.00 $2,017.22 $584.78
Michael Lukas $20.38 $0.00 $556.75
Margaret T. Marshall $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Virginia McGraw $1,695.00 $793.56 $901.44
Barbara Palko $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Melissa Pascarella $1,100.00 $815.63 $284.37
Robert Michael Pitts $1,296.50 $1,944.97 -$648.47
Derrick Terry $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Marcus Tillman $0.00 $153.17 -$153.17
Richard Wallace $645.00 $696.76 -$51.76
Michael A. Wilson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Stephen Ziegler $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates were 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 12-19, 2014 Early voting for primary election
June 24, 2014 Primary election day
October 14, 2014 Voter registration deadline for general election
October 23-30, 2014 Early voting for general election
November 4, 2014 General election day

Additional elections on the ballot

The school board election shared the ballot with county, state and federal elections on November 4, 2014. Residents of Charles County voted in races for county commission, sheriff and state's attorney. The general election ballot included candidates for governor, attorney general and other state executive offices. Voters also chose candidates for state legislative seats and U.S. House seats on November 4, 2014.[10]

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