John Anker

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John Anker
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Former candidate for
Board member, Harford County Board of Education, District C
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Term limitsN/A
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ProfessionFormer teacher
John Anker was a candidate for the District C seat on the Harford County Board of Education in Maryland. He lost election against incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy and challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl in a primary election on June 24, 2014.

Biography

Anker worked as a teacher and video club advisor at C. Milton Wright High School from 2006 to 2009. His contract was not renewed after the 2008-2009 school year. His final teacher evaluation determined that Anker's performance was unsatisfactory due to a lack of student engagement and inconsistent feedback on student assignments. Anker was also criticized for allowing inappropriate language and themes in class projects.

Anker sued the school's principal and the school board in 2009 on the basis that he was fired because of subjective standards used for teacher evaluations. He also placed blame on his teaching mentor for not guiding him toward teaching methods that would earn satisfactory evaluation scores. The Maryland State Board of Education concluded in 2011 that the district did not break any laws by not renewing Anker's contract.[1]

Elections

2014

See also: Harford County Public Schools elections (2014)

Opposition

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 will face 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 will square 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.

This is the first time that county voters will select 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 took office in July 2015 along with three newly appointed members.[2]

Results

Harford County Public Schools, District C Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJoseph L. Voskuhl 39.9% 1,970
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAlysson L. Krchnavy Incumbent 35.5% 1,752
     Nonpartisan John Anker 24.5% 1,211
Total Votes 4,933
Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Harford County," July 17, 2014

Funding

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

Endorsements

Anker received no official endorsements in this election.

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.[4] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 38,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[5]

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.[4]

Racial Demographics, 2012[4]
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[6]
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, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[7]

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