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Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)

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2014 Harford 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
Elections
Key deadlines
Additional elections
External links
References
See also
Maryland
Harford County Public Schools
Harford County, Maryland ballot measures
Local ballot measures, Maryland
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Six seats on the Harford County Board of Education are up for general election on November 4, 2014. There was a primary election on June 24, 2014 to narrow the field of candidates in Districts B, C, D, E and F to two candidates for each seat. Incumbents Robert "Bob" Frisch, Alysson L. Krchnavy, Nancy Reynolds, Arthur Kaff and Thomas Fitzpatrick all advanced from the primary and face challengers in the general election. The District A race advanced to the general election without a primary as newcomers Frederick A. Mullis and Jansen M. Robinson are the only candidates for the seat.

This is the first time that county voters will select members of 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 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.[1]

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.[2] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 38,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[3]

Demographics

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.[2]

Racial Demographics, 2012[2]
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[4]
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: 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.[5]

Method of board member selection

The Harford County Board of Education consists of nine members. Six members are elected by district to four-year terms with the remaining three members appointed by the governor. The board consisted entirely of state appointees until the Maryland State Legislature passed a hybrid board bill in 2009. There was a primary election on June 24, 2014 and a general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The six elected board seats will be up for election again in 2018.[1]

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.[6]

County residents 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.[7]

Elections

Candidates

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Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Alysson L. Krchnavy
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Grove City College
    • Senior branch office administrator, Edward Jones
  • Joseph L. Voskuhl
    • Graduate, Franciscan University of Steubenville and Loyola University
    • Retired educator

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Nancy Reynolds
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Marietta College and Towson University
    • Retired educator
  • Mike Simon
    • Currently attending Harford Community College
    • Project manager, Empire Corrugated Machinery

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Rachel Gauthier
    • Graduate, Towson University and McDaniel College
    • Counselor, Stemmers Run Middle School
  • Arthur Kaff
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, SUNY-New Paltz, U.S. Army War College and University of Bridgeport
    • Attorney, Department of the Army
    • Lieutenant colonel, U.S. Army Reserve

Note: Stephen Eric Macko dropped out of the race after the withdrawal deadline. His name still appeared on the primary ballot.

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Stephen Eric Macko
    • Graduate, Salisbury University
    • Premier solutions consultant, Paychex
  • Barney Michel
    • Graduate, University of Maryland-College Park and Florida Institute of Technology
    • Independent defense consultant

  • Thomas Fitzpatrick
    • Incumbent
    • Graduate, Loyola College and University of Baltimore
    • Manufacturer's representative
  • Michael R. Hitchings
    • Graduate, St. Mary's College
    • Project and program manager, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Candidates defeated in the primary

  • Joe Fleckenstein
    • Graduate, Harford Community College and College of Notre Dame of Maryland
    • Defense contractor, Aberdeen Proving Ground

Election results

Primary
Harford County Public Schools, District B Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Frisch Incumbent 49.6% 2,609
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngLaura Runyeon 35% 1,843
     Nonpartisan Greg Johnson 15.4% 809
Total Votes 5,261
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Harford County Public Schools, District C Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph L. Voskuhl 40.6% 1,929
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlysson L. Krchnavy Incumbent 35.4% 1,684
     Nonpartisan John Anker 24% 1,139
Total Votes 4,752
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Harford County Public Schools, District D Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngNancy Reynolds Incumbent 54.8% 3,156
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Simon 20.3% 1,170
     Nonpartisan Chris Scholz 17.1% 984
     Nonpartisan Tishan D. Weerasooriya 7.9% 453
Total Votes 5,763
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Harford County Public Schools, District E Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRachel Gauthier 43.2% 1,831
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngArthur Kaff Incumbent 24.7% 1,049
     Nonpartisan Barney Michel 17.9% 760
     Nonpartisan Stephen Eric Macko 14.1% 599
Total Votes 4,239
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.


Harford County Public Schools, District F Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngThomas Fitzpatrick Incumbent 39.8% 1,819
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael R. Hitchings 38.4% 1,758
     Nonpartisan Joe Fleckenstein 21.8% 996
Total Votes 4,573
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Unofficial Results for the 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election," accessed June 25, 2014 These election results are unofficial. They will be updated once certified election results are available.

Endorsements

The Baltimore Sun endorsed Robert "Bob" Frisch in District B, Alysson L. Krchnavy in District C, Nancy Reynolds in District D, Arthur Kaff in District E and Thomas Fitzpatrick in District F prior to the primary election.[8] The New Harford Democratic Club issued endorsements for District A candidate Jansen M. Robinson, District B candidate Laura Runyeon, Tishan D. Weerasooriya in District D and incumbents Kaff and Fitzpatrick.[9]

Campaign finance

Candidates received a total of $6,530.52 and reported $2,724.38 in expenditures as of June 3, 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. Ten candidates have filed ALCEs prior to the primary including incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy.[10]

In the District A race, candidates have not reported any contributions or expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Frederick A. Mullis $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Jansen M. Robinson $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District B race, candidates have reported $335.52 in contributions and $362.90 in expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Robert "Bob" Frisch $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Greg Johnson $235.52 $7.80 $402.72
Laura Runyeon $100.00 $355.10 $344.84

In the District C race, candidates have reported $0.00 in contributions and $51.84 in expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
John Anker $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Alysson L. Krchnavy $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Joseph L. Voskuhl $0.00 $51.84 $518.56

In the District D race, candidates have reported $3,890.00 in contributions and $2,037.09 in expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Nancy Reynolds $3,890.00 $2,037.09 $2,425.91
Chris Scholz $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Mike Simon $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Tishan D. Weerasooriya $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District E race, candidates have reported $685.00 in contributions and $0.00 in expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Rachel Gauthier $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Arthur Kaff $685.00 $0.00 $815.00
Stephen Eric Macko $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Barney Michel $0.00 $0.00 $0.00

In the District F race, candidates have reported $1,620.00 in contributions and $272.55 in expenditures.

Candidate Contributions Expenditures Cash on hand
Thomas Fitzpatrick $0.00 $0.00 $0.00
Joe Fleckenstein $725.00 $265.00 $912.74
Michael R. Hitchings $895.00 $7.55 $887.45

Past elections

Key deadlines

The following dates are key deadlines for the Harford County Public Schools election in 2014:[7]

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 Harford County will vote in races for county executive, 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.[11]

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