Three QA school board seats up for election

Three of five seats on the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education are up for election Nov. 3. The League of Women Voters of Queen Anne’s County will host a forum for candidates at 6 p.m. Oct. 20 in the board meeting room at the school system’s central office, 202 Chesterfield Avenue, Centreville. Look for it to be streamed live.

CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County League of Women Voters is holding virtual forums for candidates for the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education for Districts 3 and 4 on Tuesday, Oct. 20. All the candidates for District 3 and 4 are write-in candidates, and all have agreed to take part in the forums.

Since there is no challenger for the seat in District 2, there is no forum for that seat. Incumbent Richard “Dick” Smith of Centreville is running unopposed.

Capt. Beverly Kelley of Chester, who currently holds the District 3 seat, is not seeking re-election. Helen Bennett of Chester, “Buffy” Cromwell of Chester and Pamela Turner-Tingle of Grasonville all have filed as candidates for the District 3 seat.

District 4 incumbent Mark Anderson of Stevensville filed to run the same day he was appointed to the board, but it was past official deadline to appear on the November 2020 ballot, so he is running as a write-in candidate. “Nikki” Kennedy and “Schif” Schifanelli, both of Stevensville, also filed to run as write-in candidates for the District 4 seat.

The forum for candidates for District 3 will begin at 6 p.m., and the forum for candidates for District 4 at 7 p.m. Due to the coronavirus, the public is not permitted to attend in person, but will be able to access the forum live on QACTV/Facebook or QAC.org/live. Recordings of the forum will be available on QACTV/YouTube.

Those who would like to pose a question to the candidates may do so in real time during the forum via QACTV/Facebook or they can email their question no later than 5 p.m. Monday evening, Oct. 19 to marycampbell@lwvqac.org. Questions should not be personal, but of general interest. They will be vetted for redundancy and appropriateness.

The League of Women Voters — 100 years old this year — is a nonpartisan organization that promotes the informed and active participation of citizens in government. Membership is open to anyone 16 or older.

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