Maureen Evans Arthurs

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Maureen Evans Arthurs
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Board member, Howard County Board of Education, At-large
Former candidate
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-College Park
ProfessionWellness coordinator
Campaign website
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Maureen Evans Arthurs was a candidate for an at-large seat on the Howard County Board of Education in Maryland. She lost election against 12 other candidates in a primary election on June 24, 2014.


Arthurs earned her undergraduate degree in gender studies and political science from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. She currently works as a wellness coordinator at Howard Community College. Arthurs and her husband have one son who attends area schools.[1]



See also: Howard County Public Schools elections (2014)


The June 24, 2014 primary ballot included incumbents Sandra H. French and Cynthia L. Vaillancourt as well as challengers Bess I. Altwerger, Corey Andrews, Tom Baek, Zaneb K. Beams, Olga Butler, Allen Dyer, Maureen Evans Arthurs, Dan Furman, Leslie Kornreich, Christine O'Connor and Mike Smith. French, Vaillancourt, Altwerger, Beams, Dyer, Furman, O'Connor and Smith will face off in the general election on November 4, 2014.


Howard County Public Schools, At-Large Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngCynthia L. Vaillancourt Incumbent 13.5% 15,450
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSandra H. French Incumbent 12.5% 14,298
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBess I. Altwerger 10.9% 12,412
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Furman 10.1% 11,584
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngZaneb K. Beams 8.5% 9,752
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngChristine O'Connor 7.3% 8,279
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAllen Dyer 6.6% 7,551
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngMike Smith 5.7% 6,528
     Nonpartisan Leslie Kornreich 5.4% 6,206
     Nonpartisan Olga Butler 5% 5,669
     Nonpartisan Maureen Evans Arthurs 4.9% 5,572
     Nonpartisan Corey Andrews 4.9% 5,563
     Nonpartisan Tom Baek 4.7% 5,325
Total Votes 114,189
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.


Arthurs reported $395 in contributions and $663.14 in expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections, leaving her campaign with $411.21 on hand prior to the primary. This amount includes totals from a previous reporting period.[2]


Arthurs did not earn official endorsements in this election.

Campaign themes


Arthurs explained her themes for the 2014 race on her campaign website:

Although different communities within the county may have unique needs and require different resources, my priority is making sure that all Howard County students have the tools they need to succeed, no matter their socioeconomic background. Mitigating challenges aligned with the closing the achievement gap means being willing to invest in Universal Pre-Kindergarten and expanding it to all Howard County Public Schools.

I also recognize that all students have different learning abilities and we need to accommodate students to ensure that everyone can achieve academic success. A progressive and involved community should be willing to address any issues that are relevant to its members.

Safe Schools
We have invested in installing better security systems to protect our most vulnerable population, our elementary school students, but it’s also time to bring an increased level of safety to our middle and high schoolers as well. Our timely upgrades in elementary schools across the county have been effective, but bringing more stringent and safety standards to our middle and high schools should also be a priority.

Safety in schools means not just protecting our children from outside violence but also from peer to peer bullying. By supporting mentorship programs we can encourage our kids to respect and protect one another from bullying.

Howard County has done a commendable job educating and engaging our community about health as it relates to nutrition and physical fitness. However, emotional health is often only addressed in the aftermath of a tragedy. We have the ability to empower our community to be proactive when it comes to mental health and take preventative measures, not reactionary ones.

We need to ensure that our students are healthy both physically and mentally by implementing and maintaining policies and programs that promote wellness while emphasizing critical aspects of emotional health and wellbeing.

Forging ahead and cultivating community partnerships to utilize the resources available to us in order to better address the challenges faced in particular neighborhoods. Here in Howard County we are lucky to have access to a wealth of resources including our professional and retired community members that can enrich our children through mentorship and involvement.

Additionally, providing more avenues for open dialogue between community members and Board of Ed members is essential to establishing and maintaining transparency and lines of communication.


—Maureen Evans Arthurs's campaign website, (2014), [4]

What was at stake?

Issues in the election

Ethics claims against Cynthia Vaillancourt

On May 8, 2014, the Board of Education approved a resolution by a 5-2 vote admonishing member Cynthia L. Vaillancourt for violating board confidentiality. The resolution stated that Vaillancourt disclosed information from closed sessions to outside parties and interfered with work done by the county's five-member ethics panel. Vaillancourt accused her fellow board members of inserting themselves into the 2014 election by engaging in "nasty politics" and following "base motives." She also argued that fellow board members left her out of e-mail threads about ongoing ethics investigations, which forced her to directly contact the county panel. Outgoing board member Brian Meshkin, who joined Vaillancourt in voting against the resolution, also criticized the board for damaging the board's integrity with these accusations.[5]

Board president Ellen Flynn Giles stated after the resolution that the board had previously warned Vaillancourt about her communications with outside parties regarding confidential matters. The resolution could be the first step toward future actions against Vaillancourt including official censure and impeachment. Giles and fellow board members Janet Siddiqui, Sandra H. French and Frank Aquino were involved in the attempted removal of board member Allen Dyer in 2011.[5] Dyer remained in office through the end of his term in 2012 due to legal challenges to the board's actions.[6]

Suspension, resumption of Corey Andrews's campaign

Corey Andrews suspended his campaign for a board seat on May 19, 2014 in response to an increasingly negative tone in the election. Andrews cited the board's resolution against Cynthia L. Vaillancourt and claimed that board members have abused their powers to maintain their positions on the board. Andrews sent the following e-mail to supporters on May 19, 2014 to explain his campaign's suspension:

I got into this race to make a difference for the Howard County Public School System. It is important that we protect this local treasure.

The fact is, there are forces preventing those who want to make a difference from doing so. The Howard County Board of Education exposed its corruption a few weeks ago when it abused its power and censured Cindy Vaillancourt in the attempt to smear her name before the upcoming election. Board members have had their personal emails breached by school system staff. Critical documents have been withheld from some Board members. There have even been attempts at physical intimidation by other Board members.

Several Board members, along with a select few candidates, have been coordinating an effort to control the Board and who is on it. Two candidates have resorted to extremely negative campaigning behind closed-doors.

This is not the first time I have run for this position. When I filed to run, I was prepared for a heated campaign. I was not prepared to deal with corruption and abuse of power and am not interested in serving on a Board with people who use such unethical tactics.

Therefore, I am immediately suspending by campaign for the Howard County Board of Education.

Sometimes, it feels like the "bad guys" are winning. The people of Howard County deserve better than this.


The Baltimore Sun, (2014), [7]

Andrews reconsidered his withdrawal and resumed his campaign on June 10, 2014. In an interview with The Baltimore Sun, Andrews stated that he received supportive e-mails and phone calls after his withdrawal that encouraged resumption of his campaign. Andrews withdrew from the race after the deadline to remove names from the ballot so his name would have appeared on the primary ballot if his campaign remained suspended. He placed 12th in the primary election and did not advance to the general election.[8]

About the district

See also: Howard County Public Schools, Maryland
Howard County Public Schools is located in Howard County, Maryland
Howard County Public Schools is based in Ellicott City, a city located in Howard County, Maryland. Howard County is home to 304,580 residents, according to the United States Census Bureau.[9] Howard County Public Schools is the sixth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 51,555 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[10]


Howard County outperformed the rest of Maryland in terms of higher education achievement in 2012. The United States Census Bureau found that 59.5 percent of Howard 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 Howard County was $107,821 compared to $72,999 for the state of Maryland. The poverty rate in Howard County was 4.4 percent compared to 9.4 percent for the entire state.[9]

Racial Demographics, 2012[9]
Race Howard County (%) Maryland (%)
White 62.3 60.8
Black or African American 18.1 30.0
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.4 0.5
Asian 15.7 6.0
Two or More Races 3.4 2.5
Hispanic or Latino 6.2 8.7

Party registration, 2014[11]
Party Number of registered voters
Democratic 93,491
Republican 56,260
Unaffiliated 42,856
Other 2,302
Libertarian 868
Green 493
Total 196,270

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.[12]

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