Cindy Vaillancourt made the following announcement on Facebook yesterday:

I have decided to run for a seat on the Board of Education in the 2020 election as a candidate from District 5.

I will be filing officially in the next few days.

Like so many of us, I have been alternately frustrated, disappointed, angry, and saddened during these last few months.

I believe we can and must do better. We have a lot of challenges facing us. This community can be force for tremendous good. I believe in us. Let’s begin working toward healing and a path forward today.


Cindy Vaillancourt received the most votes of any candidate that ran for Howard County Board of Education (HoCoBOE) in a countywide race in 2014 (44,142).

Cindy Vaillancourt also won election to the HoCoBOE in 2010 receiving the 4th most votes in a countywide race (30,990) that election cycle.

Having won two elections in the past one can say Cindy Vaillancourt is a veteran of running for and being elected to the HoCoBOE. This election will be a bit different as she will be running just in District 5 and not countywide.

Cindy Vaillancourt was a very popular elected official on the HoCoBOE over the two terms she previously served. She will make a formidable candidate this election cycle.

Article Update: Cindy Vaillancourt filed to run on January 22nd.

Here are the candidates that have filed and or announced they plan to run for HoCoBOE in 2020:

District 1:

  • Christina Delmont-Small

District 2:

  • Larry Pretlow

District 3:

District 4:

  • Kirsten Coombs
  • Matt Levine

District 5:

  • Saif Rehman
  • Cindy Vaillancourt

Other currently elected officials on the HoCoBOE that are up for reelection include: Sabina Taj (District 1), Mavis Ellis (District 4) and Jen Mallo (District 4). I have seen no official announcement from these elected officials as of this post.

The filing deadline for candidates to enter this race is January 24, 2020 by 9:00pm. I am expecting a big field of candidates to run in 2020.

Be sure to stay up to date with candidate announcements and links to candidates websites and social media channels here:

If you plan on running for HoCoBOE in 2020 be sure to give me a heads up so I can make sure to list you on my tracking page.

Scott E


  1. The history of drama at the HoCo board of Ed. She was elected in 2010 and had a tumultuous time while on the board. No thanks, we need new vision.

    Ethics claims against Cynthia Vaillancourt
    On May 8, 2014, the Board of Education approved a resolution by a 5-2 vote admonishing member Cynthia L. Vaillancourt for violating board confidentiality. The resolution stated that Vaillancourt disclosed information from closed sessions to outside parties and interfered with work done by the county’s five-member ethics panel. Vaillancourt accused her fellow board members of inserting themselves into the 2014 election by engaging in “nasty politics” and following “base motives.” She also argued that fellow board members left her out of e-mail threads about ongoing ethics investigations, which forced her to directly contact the county panel. Outgoing board member Brian Meshkin, who joined Vaillancourt in voting against the resolution, also criticized the board for damaging the board’s integrity with these accusations.[11]
    Board president Ellen Flynn Giles stated after the resolution that the board had previously warned Vaillancourt about her communications with outside parties regarding confidential matters. The resolution could be the first step toward future actions against Vaillancourt including official censure and impeachment. Giles and fellow board members Janet Siddiqui, Sandra H. French and Frank Aquino were involved in the attempted removal of board member Allen Dyer in 2011.[11] Dyer remained in office through the end of his term in 2012 due to legal challenges to the board’s actions.[12]

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