Two school boards in suburban Maryland will see change after Tuesday’s election, with each gaining two new members even as nearly all of the incumbents were reelected, according to state results.
In Montgomery County, Phil Kauffman was the only incumbent who lost his seat, as challenger Jeanette Dixon, a retired school principal, dominated at the polls for the at-large position, capturing 56 percent of the vote compared with Kauffman’s 44 percent. Dixon had collected the most votes in a five-way primary and was making her first run for office.
The other two races for the eight-member Montgomery school board produced larger margins of victory.
Incumbent Rebecca Smondrowski, seeking a second term on the Montgomery board, came in at 67 percent of the vote in the race for District 2, besting opponent Brandon Rippeon, who owns a check-cashing and money transfer business in Gaithersburg, and who pulled in 33 percent.
In Montgomery’s District 4, Shebra Evans, a parent activist with a background in finance, garnered 68 percent of the vote, compared with the 31 percent collected by opponent Anjali Reed Phukan, who works as an auditor for the state. The seat was open after board member Christopher Barclay did not run again.
In neighboring Prince George’s County, all three incumbents won by strong margins but newcomers will fill two seats on a 14-member board that includes both elected and appointed positions.
One of Tuesday night’s winners in Prince George’s was Raaheela Ahmed, who does financial consulting for federal agencies and got 58 percent of the vote for District 5. Her opponent, Cheryl Landis, a recently retired school system employee and former chair of the county’s Democratic Central Committee, received 42 percent.
Another newcomer, for District 1 in Prince George’s, is David Murray, who works in investment consulting and got 72 percent of the vote. His opponent, Raul Jurado, had withdrawn after moving out of state but his name remained on the ballot; Jurado pulled in 27 percent of the votes.
The three incumbents who were reelected in Prince George’s included Patricia Eubanks, who led challenger Abel Olivo 70 percent to 29 percent in District 4; K. Alexander Wallace, who beat opponent John E. Richardson 61 percent to 38 percent in Disitrict 7; and Edward Burroughs III, who bested challenger Stephanie Hinton 68 percent to 32 percent in District 8.