A big announcement was made last night at the Howard County Board of Eduction (HoCoBOE) meeting…Mavis Ellis announced that she will not run for reelection to the HoCoBOE in 2020.

After the first vote for chair of the HoCoBOE ended in a tie (4 to 4)…HoCoBOE member Ellis announced the following:

Now…that did not sway the vote and the second vote ended in a tie again (4 to 4) and so we do not have a new chair of the HoCoBOE. The two candidates selected were current Chair Mavis Ellis and HoCoBOE member Vicky Cutroneo. This vote will happen again in a couple of weeks (December 17th).

Here is the entire voting process:

I kind of called this a while back after HoCoBOE member Ellis closed her campaign account. I was not sure what it meant back then…but this kind of says I might have been right almost 200 days ago.

Interesting that HoCoBOE Chair Mavis Ellis made the announcement after the first vote that ended in a tie. Also interesting that the announcement did not change the vote the 2nd time around.

Now over the next 49 days HoCoBOE Chair Ellis could change her mind and decide to run…but this will be a BIG hit against her if she does decide to run for reelection in 2020.

We still do not know officially what HoCoBOE members Mallo or Taj will do as far as running for reelection in 2020 (Coombs and Delmont-Small have announced that they plan to run)…but I am guessing we might find out in the next few weeks.

The District 4 race right this second is a race between current HoCoBOE member Kirsten Coombs and newcomer Matt Levine. I expect many others to hop into that race before all is said and done.

Stay tuned folks…I will be watching closely.

Scott E

2 COMMENTS

  1. More rules violations by the BOE.
    “The Maryland School Law indicates that you need to elect a Chairman at the first
    meeting in December. In addition, we need a Vice Chairman to function properly. We
    shall do this by secret ballot if more than one person is nominated for either office. The
    meeting is open for nominations for the office of Chairman.
    Nominations do not have to be seconded.

    Key words are MUST and first meeting.

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