This was reported on The Howard County Education Association (HCEA) website:
HCEA Recommendations for 2018 Election
Posted April 19th, 2018
The Howard County Education Association (HCEA), which represents over 6,000 educators, is pleased to announce recommendations for the 2018 election.
Last week our Representative Assembly made up of Howard County educators moved overwhelmingly to recommend Vicky Cutroneo and Bob Glascock for the Howard County Board of Education (BOE). In January we made an early recommendation of retired Howard County band instructor Robert Miller. Last night the Representative Assembly continued our endorsement process and are recommending the following candidates for County Council; District 2- Opel Jones, District 3-Christiana Rigby, and in District 4-Deb Jung.
“These candidates each bring different experiences to the race. They share our passion for making Howard County schools the best that they can be, and given their vast experience they are ready from day one once elected to represent and be accountable to the community,” said Colleen Morris, HCEA President.
“Educators and students within Howard County Public Schools are facing larger class sizes, fewer electives and reduced resources due to financial decisions made by the former administration. The candidates we endorsed are committed to ensuring county resources are available and targeted to the classroom,” said Morris.
“There are so many candidates running in 2018 and the majority of those who filed chose to complete the HCEA questionnaire and interview with the interview team. If fact, the HCEA interview team interviewed 52 candidates over 11 nights,” said Rebecca Otte, an elementary teacher and Chair of the Government Relations Committee.
“HCEA members want to know, who is the candidate who best understands what is happening in our schools today? Which candidate is ready to work with parents and educators to solve the challenges we face? Finally, we ask who can win the race? I believe we answered those questions,” said Otte.
Vicky Cutroneo and Bob Glascock both will hit the ground running if elected to the Board of Education. Bob has 35 years of experience as an educator and he worked for Central Office as one of the first resource teachers in the county. Vicky is President of the Parent Teacher Association Council of Howard County (PTACHC) she is deeply engaged in our community and schools. All three of our candidates, Robert, Vicky and Bob are focused on bringing transparency and accountability moving forward.
Opel Jones is also an educator and he has two children in Howard County Public Schools. He is active in a mentoring and tutoring program in his community and he will prioritize investing in our public schools.
Christiana Rigby is a mom, community volunteer and current Vice Chair of the Kings Contrivance Village Board. She rightly believes schools are the number one reason people choose to live in Howard County. Christiana is committed to transparent and accountable leadership and has pledged to fight for fully funded budgets and initiatives for educators and students.
Deb Jung is an attorney who has been active in the community for over 30 years. She has pledged to invest in our public schools so our children thrive and succeed. She will prioritize school system accountability and make sure funding is directed appropriately to impact the classroom in the best way.
HCEA knows the value of working in campaigns to ensure educators and the community elect the candidates who value Howard County’s strong public school system and it staff.
According to HCEA rules candidates who complete a questionnaire are then invited to participate in interviews with members of HCEA’s interview team. The interview team then makes recommendations to the Government Relations Committee. That committee then makes recommendations to the Board of Directors and finally the Representative Assembly votes to finalize a recommendation.