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Board of Education, District 7
The D.C. Board of Education consists of 11 members who serve four-year terms. The board was stripped of most of its powers in 1996, when oversight of the city's public schools was put in the hands of trustees. The panel functions as an advisory group, but is slated to regain its full powers in June 2000.

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Rule Board of Education, District 7

Incumbents' names are marked with asterisks. Web site and email addresses appear in the form in which they were submitted by the candidates.

THE CANDIDATES

Sam Bost
Nonpartisan
Age: 55
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Three.
Education: Attended North Carolina State University.
  Sam Bost

Occupation/Employer: Security Guard, Admiral Security Services at Bowie State University.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: ANC7C02; President, Far NE-SE Council, Inc.; Chairman, D.C. Consumer Utility Board; President, Friends of Kiosk Library, Burroughs Ave. NE.

Why should voters elect you?
"Having served as PTA Vice President and President for five years, I have a long-standing and ongoing interest in improving our childrens' schools. I want to join the Board of Education to continue my work to make sure all children in D.C. Public Schools can get a first-rate education."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"A priority for me is to provide high school day care for all teen mothers who wish to complete their education."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Herbert A. Boyd Jr.
Nonpartisan
Age: 46
Residence: Washington.
  Married: Yes.
Children: One.
Education: BS, M.S.W., M.P.A.
  Herbert A. Boyd Jr.

Occupation/Employer: Self-employed consultant.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Two term chairman, ANC 7-B; President, Washington East Foundation. Former co-chair Council of school social works; Co-Founder, Naylor Coalition of Civic Organizations.

Why should voters elect you?
"For too long school system, policy makers have been unable to shape an agenda that has had a significant impact on educational programs. The result has been a failure to respond to the needs of our children and their families. My entire career has focused on improving the quality of life of our children and families. I am committed to working tirelessly in their interest and will provide energetic and experienced leadership to achieve these goals. I have the ability to work through complex issues and will be accessible and accountable while planning, organizing and monitoring effective policy."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"As a former DCPS Administrator, PTA President, child and family therapist and community activist, I am uniquely qualified to advocate for the needs of children."

Web site: None.
Email:
HBForBoard@aol.com


Dorothy Douglas
Nonpartisan
Age: 50
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: Yes.
Children: Seven, including four foster children.
Education: BS, University of the District of Columbia.
  Dorothy Douglas

Occupation/Employer: Retired and disabled..

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner, 7C02; Former President Deanwood Citizens Association; Director Deanwood Youth Services; Board Member, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization; Organizer, Deanwood Community Day; Volunteer Advocate for Ward 7 Youth; Volunteer, Our Lady Queen of Peace; Member, Sierra Club, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Sisters of the Order of Eastern Star.; Caretaker, Children’s Hospital.

Why should voters elect you?
"People should vote for me because all my life I have devoted myself to children. Children are the main part of my life. I think I should be voted a member of the Board of Education because I will strive to do my best and committed myself to improving the education of all children. Ensure that no youth is left behind and that every youth has a quality education plan for the future. My mission is to work with parents, teachers, schools, administration and city officials to help bring up test standard scores and make parents feel welcome."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"I am a very kind hearted, and down to earth person. I never like to see anyone without. I also try to concern myself with every issue in the community."

Web site: None.
Email: None.


Tom Kelly
Nonpartisan
Age: 63
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: Yes.
Children: One.
Education: D.C. Public School Graduate; BS, D.C. Teachers College; M.A., George Washington University; doctoral studies, Catholic University of America
  Tom Kelly

Occupation/Employer: D.C. School Principal (retired).

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: Board of Directors, Marshall Heights Community Development Organization and Education Working Group; Past President, Naile Elementary School PTA; Vice-President of the Board of Directors, Canterbury School; Kappa Alpha Psi Mentoring Program; Full Gospel A.M.E. Zion Church, Ministry of Knowledge; Hillcrest Civic Association.

Why should voters elect you?
"The voters of Ward 7 should elect me because of my wide range of experiences and my extensive training in education and school administration. My leadership skills and knowledge of our children, parents, teachers, principals, support staff are essential to building a functional and operational Board of Education for our families. I had the privilege of serving in the D.C. School System as: teacher drop-out counselor, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Director of the Child Study Center, Supervisor of Special Education, Director of Curriculum and Staff Development, Assistant to the Assistant Superintendent and Principal."

What do you want voters to know about you?
"For Ward 7 students, parents and others, I will promote training, jobs, vocational training scholarships, seek certified school personnel and promote innovative initiatives."

Web site: None.
Email:
TKelly3138@aol.com


Bernardyne E. Williams
Nonpartisan
Age: 49
Residence: Washington, D.C.
  Married: N/A
Children: N/A
Education: D.C. Teacher's College; U.S. Department of Agriculture Graduate School
  Bernardyne E. Williams

Occupation/Employer: Program analyst with the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Elected Offices and Civic Activities: President of the Parent Advisory Council at the Academy of Finance and Business at H.D. Woodson Senior High School; past president of the Benning Elementary School PTA.

Why should voters elect you?
Not available.

What do you want voters to know about you?
Not available.

Web site: None.
Email:
bernie.williams@rspa.dot.gov




The Voters' Guide was compiled from staff reporting and information provided by the candidates in response to questionnaires from The Washington Post. Each candidate was asked to provide biographical information, a photograph and a brief statement about why the voters should elect him or her. Candidates' responses were edited for length and style.

© Copyright 1998 The Washington Post Company

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