Jennifer S. Abell

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Jennifer S. Abell
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Board member, Charles County Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2018
Years in position 11
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
AssociatesCollege of Southern Maryland
ProfessionDivision director
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Jennifer S. Abell is an at-large member of the Charles County Board of Education in Maryland. She was first appointed to the board in 2004. Abell advanced from a primary election on June 24, 2014, to face 13 other candidates for seven available seats in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Abell earned an associate degree from the College of Southern Maryland. She has been a divisional director for the suburban Maryland branch of the March of Dimes since 2002. Abell also volunteers as an outreach counselor at the Center for Abused Persons. She has four children who attended district schools.[1][2]



See also: Charles County Public Schools elections (2014)


Jennifer S. Abell ran in the June 24, 2014, primary against 19 other candidates. Board members Roberta S. Wise, Maura H. Cook, Patricia Bowie, Pamela Pedersen and Donald Wade did not file for re-election. Jennifer S. Abell won the general election on November 4, 2014.


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


Abell reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections as of October 6, 2014.[3]


Abell received the endorsement of the Education Association of Charles County for the June 24, 2014, primary election.[4]


Charles County Public Schools, At-Large General Election, 4-year term, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRoberta Wise 9.9% 22,885
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJennifer S. Abell 9.6% 22,154
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMaura H. Cook 8.8% 20,269
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPamela A. Pedersen 8.7% 20,056
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDonald M. Wade 8.6% 19,954
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngPatricia Bowe 7.7% 17,821
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Lukas 7.6% 17,663
     Nonpartisan Barb Cooksey-Feeney 7.2% 16,599
     Nonpartisan Michael A. Wilson 6.5% 14,928
     Nonpartisan Michael Green 6.2% 14,280
     Nonpartisan Jason Henry Sr. 5.7% 13,164
     Nonpartisan Sue Richards 5.7% 13,127
     Nonpartisan Narain Kumar Mathur 4% 9,261
     Nonpartisan Paul Edward Donato 4% 9,171
Total Votes 231,332
Source: Charles County Board of Elections, "Election Summary Report," November 29, 2010

Campaign themes


Abell's campaign website listed her themes for the 2014 race:

I will serve as an educational advocate on behalf of our community in order to advance the educational vision for our schools, pursue its goals, and encourage progress as we work together in a diverse society.


  • academic rigor
  • highly qualified teachers
  • parents actively involved in their child's education
  • open and transparent Board of Education
  • a collaborative effort at the County & State levels to relieve overcrowding in the schools
  • Working collaboratively with the Superintendent, staff, and other elected officials to make CCPS a safe environment conducive to learning


  • use of vouchers or charter schools
  • banning of books
  • social promotion


—Jennifer Abell's campaign website, (2014) [6]

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.[7] Charles County Public Schools is the 10th-largest school district in Maryland, serving 26,778 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[8]


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.[7]

Racial Demographics, 2012[7]
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[9]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 57,541
Republican 24,556
Unaffiliated 16,259
Other 552
Libertarian 312
Green 120
Total 99,340

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.[10]

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