Michael Lukas

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Michael Lukas
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Board member, Charles County Board of Education, At-large
Term ends
November 2018
Years in position 5
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 2010
Next general2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Maryland-College Park
Master'sGeorge Mason University
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Michael Lukas is an at-large member of the Charles County Board of Education in Maryland. He was first elected to the board in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Lukas 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.


Lukas earned his B.S. in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland-College Park. He has also earned a graduate degree in systems engineering from George Mason University. Lukas is an engineer and program manager with the Naval Surface Warfare Center. He also volunteers time with the Greater Waldorf Jaycees and Relay for Life. Lukas and his wife have one child.[1]



See also: Charles County Public Schools elections (2014)


Michael Lukas 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. Michael Lukas 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


Lukas began the race with an existing account balance of $536.37 from his previous campaigns. He reported $20.38 in monetary contributions, $673.22 in-kind contributions but no expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections, which left his campaign with $556.75 on hand as of August 19, 2014.[2]


Lukas received the endorsement of the Education Association of Charles County for the June 24, 2014, primary election.[3] He was also endorsed by Parents Choice of Maryland.[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


Lukas provided the following answers to questions from the League of Women Voters:

How do your qualifications and experience prepare you for the duties of this office?

I am an incumbent who understands the Charles County school system and its requirements. My knowledge of local and national educational issues will ensure that the needs of our system are met. As a line manager and project manager for the Navy, I know how to work with people and manage large budgets. I have proven leadership ability and look to build consensus.[5][6]

—Michael Lukas's responses to Vote 411 Voter Guide questions, (2014)

If elected, what would be your priorities for this office?

I will work with local and state government to obtain adequate funding for Charles County public schools. Our expected growth and aging infrastructure must keep pace with student needs. I will ensure that academic rigor is paramount in the school system. I will continue to foster community and parental involvement as part of a child's educational system.[5][6]

—Michael Lukas's responses to Vote 411 Voter Guide questions, (2014)

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: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin rather than a race. Citizens may report both their race and their place of origin, and as a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table may exceed 100 percent.[10][11]

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