Charles County Public Schools elections (2014)
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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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Candidates defeated in the primary
- Carl Blumenstein
- Network engineer, BAE Systems
- Jocelyn Mann Denyer
- Instructor, University of Maryland University College
- Betsy Marie Eubanks
- Stay-at-home mom
- Derrick Terry
- Graduate, Towson University
- Owner, Edvocare Consulting, LLC
- Member, U.S. Air Force Reserve
- Marcus Tillman
- Executive pastor, Cedar Baptist Church
- Richard Wallace
- Graduate, Webster University
- Financial analyst
- Veteran, U.S. Navy
|Charles County Public Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Jennifer S. Abell Incumbent||10.2%||10,344|
|Nonpartisan||Michael Lukas Incumbent||8.6%||8,710|
|Nonpartisan||Victoria Talley Kelly||8.1%||8,258|
|Nonpartisan||Margaret T. Marshall||6.2%||6,268|
|Nonpartisan||Robert Michael Pitts||5.5%||5,550|
|Nonpartisan||Jason Henry Sr.||4%||4,091|
|Nonpartisan||Michael A. Wilson||4%||4,079|
|Nonpartisan||Karla M. Kornegay||3.6%||3,694|
|Nonpartisan||Jocelyn Mann Denyer||3.3%||3,354|
|Nonpartisan||Betsy Marie Eubanks||3.2%||3,257|
|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.
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.
|Candidate||Contributions||Expenditures||Cash on hand|
|Jennifer S. Abell||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|Jocelyn Mann Denyer||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|Betsy Marie Eubanks||$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|
|Margaret T. Marshall||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
|Robert Michael Pitts||$40.00||$628.86||-$588.86|
|Michael A. Wilson||$0.00||$0.00||$0.00|
Information about earlier elections can be found by clicking [show] at the right.
The following dates are key deadlines for the Charles County Public Schools election in 2014:
|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.
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- United States Census Bureau, "Charles County, Maryland," accessed May 6, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 6, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Requirements for Filing Candidacy," accessed May 6, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "2014 Election Calendar," May 1, 2014
- Education Association of Charles County, "Endorsed Candidates-2014," accessed May 8, 2014
- Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, "View Filed Reports," accessed May 23, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "2014 Candidate Listing," accessed May 6, 2014
|2014 Charles County Public Schools Elections|
|La Plata, Maryland|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||At-large: • Jennifer S. Abell • Carl Blumenstein • Mark Crawford • Jocelyn Mann Denyer • Betsy Marie Eubanks • Lorina Harris • Jason Henry Sr. • Victoria Talley Kelly • Karla M. Kornegay • Michael Lukas • Margaret T. Marshall • Virginia McGraw • Barbara Palko • Melissa Pascarella • Robert Michael Pitts • Derrick Terry • Marcus Tillman • Richard Wallace • Michael A. Wilson • Stephen Ziegler|
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|