|Former candidate for|
|Board member, Harford County Board of Education, District D|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
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.
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 faced 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 squared off in the general election after defeating Joe Fleckenstein in the primary.
In the general election Jansen M. Robinson won District A, incumbent Robert "Bob" Frisch was returned to District B, challenger Joseph L. Voskuhl defeated incumbent Alysson L. Krchnavy for District C, incumbent Nancy Reynolds won District D, newcomer Rachel Gauthier defeated incumbent Arthur Kaff for District E and incumbent Thomas Fitzpatrick won another term in District F.
This was the first time that county voters selected 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 will take office in July 2015 along with three newly appointed members.
|Harford County Public Schools, District D General Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Nancy Reynolds Incumbent||67.1%||9,557|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial General Election results for Harford County," accessed December 20, 2014|
|Harford County Public Schools, District D Primary Election, 4-year term, 2014|
|Nonpartisan||Nancy Reynolds Incumbent||55.2%||3,212|
|Nonpartisan||Tishan D. Weerasooriya||8%||466|
|Source: Maryland State Board of Elections, "Official 2014 Gubernatorial Primary Election results for Harford County," July 17, 2014|
Simon was endorsed by The Aegis and The Baltimore Sun.
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?
—The Baltimore Sun, (2014) 
About the district
- See also: Harford County Public Schools, Maryland
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.
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. This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.
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- The Baltimore Sun, "Candidates line up for six Harford school board seats to be filled by voters," accessed June 10, 2014
- The Baltimore Sun, "Five Harford school board members run for election; four don't," February 26, 2014
- Maryland Campaign Reporting Information System, "View Filed Reports," accessed June 10, 2014
- The Aegis, "Robinson, Runyeon, Voskuhl, Simon, Kaff, Hitchings for Harford School Board," October 17, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- The Baltimore Sun, "Mike Simon," accessed June 10, 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Harford County, Maryland," accessed June 3, 2014
- National Center for Education Statistics, "ELSI Table Generator," accessed May 6, 2014
- Maryland State Board of Elections, "Voter Registration Activity Report," March 2014
- United States Census Bureau, "Frequently Asked Questions," accessed April 21, 2014
|2014 Harford County Public Schools Elections|
|Harford County, Maryland|
|Election date:||November 4, 2014|
|Candidates:||District A: • Frederick A. Mullis • Jansen M. Robinson |
District B: • Robert "Bob" Frisch • Greg Johnson • Laura Runyeon
|Important information:||Key deadlines • Additional elections on the ballot|