CENTREVILLE — Three of five seats on the Queen Anne’s County Board of Education are up for election Nov. 3.

Incumbent Richard “Dick” Smith of Centreville is seeking election as the school board member from residency District 2. He was appointed to the board by Gov. Larry Hogan in May 2019 after Carrie O’Conner resigned from office in March 2019. Smith is running unopposed.

Smith is a former Queen Anne’s County commissioner, who also previously served on the school board.

He was the only candidate to file before the deadline to appear on the ballot for the 2020 General Election.

The seats for District 3 and District 4 are also open and will be filled by write-in candidates.

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.

Mark Anderson of Stevensville, the current District 4 representative, was appointed to the post by Hogan on Feb. 7 to replace school board member Sharyn Harlow, who resigned Nov. 30, 2019.

Anderson filed to run for office the same day he was appointed, but it was past the official deadline to appear on the November 2020 ballot, so he is running as a write-in candidate. Anderson, too, is a former county commissioner.

“Nikki” Kennedy and “Schif” Schifanelli, both of Stevensville, also filed to run as write-in candidates for the District 4 seat.

The deadline to file as a write-in candidate in the upcoming election is 5 p.m. Oct. 15. Anyone seeking to run as a write-in candidate must file Certificate of Candidacy, a Statement of Organization and a Financial Disclosure Statement in accordance with state or local law. The Certificate of Candidacy and Financial Disclosure Statement must be notarized.

To cast a write-in vote on a paper ballot, use a black pen and fill in the oval to the left of the Write-in line. Then write the candidate’s first and last name on the line next to the filled-in oval.

Any abbreviation, misspelling or minor variation in the form of the name of a candidate shall be disregarded in determining the validity of the write-in vote as long as the intended candidate can be determined, according to the Maryland State Board of Elections. Writing the last name only will constitute a valid vote, unless there is more than one candidate with the same last name.

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