Mike Simon

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Mike Simon
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Candidate for
Board member, Harford County Board of Education, District D
Elections and appointments
Last electionJune 24, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Personal
ProfessionProject manager
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Mike Simon is a candidate for the District D seat on the Harford County Board of Education in Maryland. He advanced from a primary election on June 24, 2014 to face incumbent Nancy Reynolds in the general election on November 4, 2014.

Biography

Simon graduated from North Harford High School in 2002. He is currently completing an associate degree in business administration at Harford Community College. Simon works as a project management for Empire Corrugated Machinery.[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 and 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 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 two-year terms in 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.[2]

Results

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.

Funding

Simon has reported no contributions or expenditures to the Maryland State Board of Elections as of June 10, 2014.[3]

Endorsements

Simon has received no official endorsements in this election.

Campaign themes

2014

Simon explained his themes for the 2014 race in an interview with The Baltimore Sun:

Q: How will you address the budget issues that each year leave Harford County Public Schools millions of dollars short of what school system officials say they need to operate?

It's time to make tough choices and find the most logical allocation of resources.

Q: In the wake of years of tragedies committed in schools across the country, please explain your position on school safety and security and what, if anything, should be done in Harford County Public Schools.

Safety and security should be of the utmost importance. I believe that self awareness and promotion of ones general well being are a great place to start to avoid future tragedies.

Q: What is your position on two controversial cost savings measures – ending bus transportation waivers for students who live close to school and having tiered schedules in elementary schools to save on the number of buses needed.

I think we can find better ways to save money. This seems like a quick fix on paper but I doubt the results will yield a positive outcome.

Q: How will you address student achievement in all ages in the various testing programs?

Teacher incentives and actual learning techniques thought in the classroom.

Q: How has HCPSS performed in implementing the Common Core state standards? Should anything be done differently as the school system continues its implementation?

Forget Common Core, its garbage and needs to be repealed.

[4]

The Baltimore Sun, (2014), [5]

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.[6] Harford County Public Schools is the eighth-largest school district in Maryland, serving 38,224 students during the 2011-2012 school year.[7]

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.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
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[8]
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.[9]

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