A lively campaign is in prospect to fill a vacant at-large seat on the District of Columbia Board of Education in the May 1 special election.
Thirteen candidates filed petitions before the deadline last Friday. At least two were disqualified, however, because they lacked the required 250 signatures. The qualified candidates will be certified by the Board of Elections and Ethics after the Expiration of a period in which signatures may be challenged.
The seat to be filled was vacated by Betty Ann Kane after she was elected last November to the City Council.
The school board campaign has attracted some candidates who have sought public office previously, and several without political experience. The post is nonpartisan, and the election is a winner-take-all affair with the person receiving the largest number of votes winning election. There is no runoff.
Basic city law now provides, in such cases as this, for the school board to select someone to fill a vacancy. However, the City Council passed an emergency bill last month that authorizes an election to take place the same day that voters fill two vacancies on the council.
Legislation that would provide routinely for school board elections has been introduced.
Large fields of candidates are not uncommon in the District. A total of 28 candidates filed for the two council seats.
One of the two potential candidates who was disqualified for lack of sufficient sigantures is a 17-year-old Wilson High School senior, Steve Jacobs, of 3246 Quesada St. NW. Of the required 250 signatures, Jacobs filed 242.
Although he would have been 18 and qualified to sit on the board by the time of the election, Jacobs was too young under city law to circulate his own petitions. He said he would have pushed for more training and assistance for troublemakers and dropouts, and for the establishment of a centrally located academic high school.
Following, in alphabetical order, are the names of other aspirants who filed petitions for school board ballot spots. Those without biographical information could not be contacted.
Dick Brown, 641 A St. SE.
Samuel R. Carson, 226 Oneida St. NE, a graduate student in anthropology at American University, a graduate of Howard University and civil rights worker who was chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A before moving to Ward 4.
Milton Cobb, 2801 15th St. NW.
Charlotte R. Holmes, 1321 E St. NE, a budget analyst for the Small Business Administration, who is chairman of Advisory Neighborhood Commission 6A and was an independent candidate for the Ward 6 seat on the City Council last fall.
Samuel Jordan, 55 46th St. NE, a union official, who was notified he did not have enough signatures on his petitions.
Vincent S. Jones, 1619 Evarts St. NE.
Eugene Kinlow, 4124 Second St. SW, a civil rights worker who currently is deputy director of the Office of Personnel Systems Integrity for the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, is chairman of the Anacostia Community School Board and was cochairman of Mayor Marion Barry's transition task force on education.
James E. Nutall, 1312 U St. SE.
Rohulamin Quander, 1703 Lawrence St. NE, a lawyer who is active in Superior Court programs working with juveniles and was active in last fall's council campaign for candidate Hector Rodriguez.
John H. Wallace, 2929 Van Ness St. NW, a higher education consultant who wa a dean at Malcolm X College in Chicago and an administrator at Howard University for five years.
Joseph Webb, 5 Danbury St. SW, assistant director of the Franklin (School) Adult Education Center in downtown Washington, former director of the Harrison Community School and interim president of the University of the District of Columbia Alumni Association.