Prince George’s candidates vie for school board seats

Twelve candidates, including two new appointees in the Baker administration, are vying for four district seats on the Prince George’s County Board of Education, according to recent election filings.

The two top vote-getters in each June primary race will face off against each other in the November general election.

Candidates are running to serve on the new hybrid board, created under the new governance structure approved by the General Assembly last year.

The most crowded contest is in District 9, where four candidates are running to fill the elected seat vacated by Donna Beck Hathaway, who retired in September. County Executive Rushern L. Baker III (D) appointed Sonya Williams in December to finish the rest of Hathaway’s term.

Running for the open seat are: Williams of Clinton; Domonique A. Flowers of Clinton; Johnnie R. Isaac of Brandywine and Denise M. Joseph of Upper Marlboro.

In District 2, School Board member Peggy Higgins of Greenbelt will face a challenger in the fall. Lupi Grady of College Park, who was recently appointed by Baker to serve on his education commission, filed to run against Higgins, who was elected in 2010.

In Districts 3 and 6, three candidates are running for each of the two seats.

Clarence Emmanuel and Dinora A. Hernandez are challenging School Board member Amber Waller (District 3) , who has served on the board since 2007. All of the candidates live in Hyattsville. Hernandez, who worked as a legislative aide for the county executive, was selected by him in October to serve as the county’s Latino liaison.

Board Vice Chairman Carolyn M. Boston of Fairmount Heights faces two challengers in Pat Fletcher of Landover and Darin Kenley of Upper Marlboro. Fletcher and Kenley are not new to campaigning. Kenley unsuccessfully ran for the seat in 2010, and Fletcher previously served on the school board and was ousted by Boston four years ago.

Ovetta Wiggins writes about K-12 education.
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