Chris Scholz

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Chris Scholz
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Former candidate for
Board member, Harford County Board of Education, District D
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-College Park
Master'sUniversity of Maryland-Eastern Shore
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Chris Scholz was a candidate for the District D seat on the Harford County Board of Education in Maryland. He lost election against incumbent Nancy Reynolds and challengers Mike Simon and Tishan D. Weerasooriya in a primary election on June 24, 2014.


Scholz earned a bachelor's degree in industrial arts education and technology education from the University of Maryland-College Park. He also holds a master's degree in technology from the University of Maryland-Eastern Shore. Scholz taught robotics in district schools from 1984 to 2012. He currently teaches career and technology education at Baltimore City Public Schools.[1]



See also: Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)


The June 24, 2014, primary ballot included primaries for Districts B, C, D, E and F with the top two vote recipients in each primary advancing to the general election on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Robert "Bob" Frisch and challenger Laura Runyeon defeated Greg Johnson in District B. District C incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy and challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl advanced to the general election by defeating John Anker. Nancy Reynolds faced challenger Mike Simon in her bid for another term in District D after defeating challengers Chris Scholz and Tishan D. Weerasooriya in the primary. The primary race for District E resulted in board member Arthur Kaff and newcomer Rachel Gauthier defeating Stephen Eric Macko and Barney Michel. Macko dropped out of the race after the withdrawal deadline which meant his name still appeared on the ballot. District F incumbent Thomas Fitzpatrick and Michael R. Hitchings squared off in the general election after defeating Joe Fleckenstein in the primary.

The District A race advanced to the general election without a primary as newcomers Frederick A. Mullis and Jansen M. Robinson were the only candidates to file for the seat.

In the general election Jansen M. Robinson won District A, incumbent Robert "Bob" Frisch was returned to District B, challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl defeated incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy for District C, incumbent Nancy Reynolds won District D, newcomer Rachel Gauthier defeated incumbent Arthur Kaff for District E and incumbent Thomas Fitzpatrick won another term in District F.

This was the first time that county voters selected members for these seats on the Harford County Board of Education. Board members were appointed by the governor prior to a 2009 state law that turned six of the nine board seats into elected positions. There were board elections for two-year terms in Districts A, B and D in November 2010. Victorious candidates in the general election will take office in July 2015 along with three newly appointed members.[2]


Harford County Public Schools, District D Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Reynolds Incumbent 55.2% 3,212
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simon 20.5% 1,193
     Nonpartisan Chris Scholz 16.2% 944
     Nonpartisan Tishan D. Weerasooriya 8% 466
Total Votes 5,815
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Harford County," July 17, 2014


Scholz reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections.[3]


Scholz received no official endorsements in this election.

Campaign themes


Scholz explained his themes for the 2014 race in an interview with The Baltimore Sun:

Q: How will you address the budget issues that each year leave Harford County Public Schools millions of dollars short of what school system officials say they need to operate?

It is the county councils responsibility to fund the school system if they want to maintain the high level of education that they have grown accustom to for so long. I believe that there are funding streams that the Council has avoided. I believe that we need to utilize these to get the funds needed to operate.

Q: In the wake of years of tragedies committed in schools across the country, please explain your position on school safety and security and what, if anything, should be done in Harford County Public Schools.

Be vigilante. Be prepared.

Q: What is your position on two controversial cost savings measures – ending bus transportation waivers for students who live close to school and having tiered schedules in elementary schools to save on the number of buses needed.

These ideas did save money and caused little impact to most students. If it affected you then you are not happy with this change.

Q: How will you address student achievement in all ages in the various testing programs?

I believe that teaching to the test is wrong and our students are over tested. This causes many interruptions in class time.

Q: How has HCPSS performed in implementing the Common Core state standards? Should anything be done differently as the school system continues its implementation?

Common core as an idea is a good idea. What this state and others have bought in to is a curriculum to take teaching decisions out of teachers hands[4]

The Baltimore Sun, (2014) [5]

About the district

See also: Harford County Public Schools, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is located in Harford County, Maryland
Harford County Public Schools is based in Bel Air, the county seat of Harford County, Maryland. Harford County is home to 249,215 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[6] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 38,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]


Harford County underperformed in comparison to the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 31.5 percent of Harford 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 Harford County was $80,441 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Harford County was 7.5 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Harford County (%) Maryland (%)
White 81.4 60.8
Black or African American 13.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 2.8 6.0
Two or More Races 2.3 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 3.8 8.7

Party registration, 2014[8]
Party Number of registered voters
Republican 67,823
Democratic 62,655
Unaffiliated 29,607
Other 1,215
Libertarian 814
Green 316
Total 162,430

Note: Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" percentage, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one- or two-tenths off. Read more about race and ethnicity in the Census here.[9]

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