Winner named to fill vacant seat on Prince George’s Board of Education


Zabrina Epps

Results in one of the most closely watched school board races were delayed while absentee and provisional ballots were counted.

County election officials said a final count for the seat will be made official Monday.

But there are only about 40 ballots left to tally, and with nearly 400 votes separating the two candidates, it would be impossible for Murray to take the election from Epps.

On Election Night, Murray trailed Epps by less than 1 percent, or 253 votes, making the election too close to call.

Epps said Friday that she is waiting for the “process to run its course.”

But she said she is “grateful to run and to serve District 1. It’s about providing a quality education for our children. ... Excellence in education is what our children deserve. I’m just incredibly humbled and grateful for all the support I’ve received.”

Epps, an academic adviser and adjunct communications instructor at a community college in Baltimore County, defeated Murray, a University of Maryland Baltimore County student and a former student member of the Maryland State Board of Education, to fill the seat that has been vacant since Johnson resigned last month.

Johnson resigned after it was revealed by The Washington Post that she had been living outside of her district for months.

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis.

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