Board of Education races in Montgomery County heat up with final rounds of debates before election day

In Montgomery County, the Board of Education election has been flying under the radar, but there’s still time to catch up with a series of debates lined up before election day.

Three seats are up for grabs on the seven-member board that acts as a policy making body for the 17th largest school system in the United States. The board oversees one of the nation’s most high achieving school system that has nearly 149,000 students and a $2 billion budget.

Incumbent and attorney Phil Kauffman is running against lawyer Morris Panner for the at-large seat.

There will be a new face in the District 2 seat as Laura Berthiaume isn’t running for reelection. Retired Montgomery County Public Schools employee Fred Evans and political consultant Rebecca Smondrowski are vying for her seat.

In District 4, incumbent Christopher Barclay faces off against challenger Annita Seckinger.

Here’s a list of the upcoming debates (after the jump).

Oct. 17: Hosted by Montgomery County Civic Federation from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Rockville Memorial Library, 21 Maryland Ave., Rockville.

Oct. 19: Hosted by Leisure World Democratic Club from 2 to 4 p.m. at Leisure World, 3310 N. Leisure World Blvd, #521. Silver Spring. Leisure World is a gated community. For an invitation to enter and attend the debate contact

Oct. 24: Hosted by Progressive Neighbors, from 6:45 to 9 p.m. at Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, Assembly Hall, 310 Tulip Ave., Takoma Park.

Oct. 29: Hosted by the League of Women Voters of Montgomery County and the American Association of University Women from 6:15 to 7:45 p.m. at the Wheaton Library, 11701 Georgia Ave., Wheaton.

The last day to register to vote in Maryland is Oct. 16.

Election day is Nov. 6.

Lynh Bui is a Prince George's County public safety reporter and former Montgomery County education reporter.


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