Prince George’s board member answers questions about her residency

First there was Rosalind Johnson, the former Prince George’s County school board member who resigned this week after it was discovered that she has lived outside her district since June.

Now some residents are raising questions about the residency of School board member Donna Hathaway Beck (D-District 9), who was elected to the board in 2006.

Beck said she wasn’t surprised to see residents sending e-mails to a listserv questioning whether she lives in her district.

“It was an issue that was raised before,” she said.

Here’s to setting the record straight: Beck owns two homes.

One is in Upper Marlboro; the other is on the Eastern Shore.

Beck bought the home in Queen Anne’s County in 2004. It is not her primary residence.

According to state tax records, Beck’s principal residence is in Upper Marlboro, which is part of her school district.

In contrast, Johnson moved from Laurel to New Carrollton four months ago and remained in her position even though state law says a board member who moves out of his or her district is supposed to resign.

“An elected county board member shall forfeit the office if the member fails to reside in the school board district from which the member was elected, unless this change is caused by a change in the boundaries of the district,” according to Maryland statute.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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