The Governor Listened

I am delighted that Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. has again listened to the citizens of Anne Arundel County by filling a vacancy on the county school board with one of the candidates endorsed by the nominating convention.

The governor understands that, flawed as it is, the nominating convention is the one opportunity for county residents to have any say in selecting who represents them, until we have an elected school board.

The father of two children in Anne Arundel County public schools, Michael Leahy will bring his perspective as a parent to the board and is committed to increasing parental involvement in public education.

As a lawyer specializing in infrastructure management, finance and regulation, Mr. Leahy will provide valuable expertise in dealing with the fiscal issues facing our schools. I am confident that his dedication to accountability and maximizing our financial resources will help ensure that our children get the most from their public education.

Anne Arundel County parents can be sure that they will have a great representative in Mr. Leahy.

If the governor had one difficulty this year, it was that he had to choose between two excellent candidates. The other candidate, Pam Bukowski of Annapolis, is the mother of six children who attend or have graduated from Anne Arundel County public schools. A teacher and speech pathologist, she has also volunteered a great deal of her time to our schools.

Mrs. Bukowski has a lot to contribute to public education in our county, and I would be delighted if she decided to seek a seat on the school board in the future.

Sen. Janet Greenip

Legislative District 33