Barry Tevelow Age: 44

Residence: Dayton.

Education: Montgomery College; University of Maryland.

Occupation: Technology consultant; vice president, Perl Computer.

Elected offices/civic activities: Founder, board chairman, Teen Community Forum (activities include publication of High School Views, award-winning student conferences, student concerts and countywide forum); offered testimony on educational issues to state and county boards of education, the county executive and the County Council; participated in educational focus groups; nominated for Howard County Volunteer of the Year, 2000; coached numerous youth sports teams.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I have studied successful models for addressing issues of equity, closing of the achievement gap, vo-tech training, raising teachers' salaries and accountability. I will hold my one and only employee, the superintendent, accountable for his and his staff's actions. I will proactively reach out to the community in order to listen and best represent the public's interest in all educational matters. I have the experience and leadership capabilities to help make Howard County the premier public education system in the nation."

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I have eighth- and 10th-graders in the school system. I understand how to change our good school system into an exceptional school system."

Web site:

www.expage.com/votetevelow2002

E-mail address:

barrytevelow@yahoo.com

Courtney Watson

Age: 40

Residence: Ellicott City.

Education: BA and MBA, Loyola College; certified insurance counselor.

Occupation: Commercial insurance agent.

Elected offices/civic activities: Co-founder, Countywide Citizens for the 12th High School; member, Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance Committee; past chairman, Maryland Hospitality Education Foundation; recipient, PTA Council Howard County Award, 2001. Board member, Restaurant Association of Maryland.

Why should the voters elect you?

"I am a results-oriented education advocate with the knowledge, ability and commitment needed to be a member of the school board. I organized efforts to lobby for the new northeast elementary school which opens in 2003. I co-founded the countywide group which fought for a 12th high school which opens in 2005. I worked with elected officials to strengthen the Adequate Public Facilities Ordinance to reduce school crowding. My ability to analyze issues and work with others is proven. I have been an education activist who has brought about positive change for Howard County students.

What would you like the voters to know about you?

"I will help diversify the current board by bringing the perspective of a parent with children in the school system to the decision-making process.

Web site:

www.watsonforboe.com

E-mail address:

watsonforboe@att.net