We have a new candidate for Howard County Board of Education in District 4: Sezin Palmer.

I checked and the website listed is not up and running yet. I also did a quick search on Facebook and did not find a page for the campaign.

Hopefully we get additional information about this candidate in the near future.

Article update: Article in the Baltimore Sun from August 2019 – ‘Reckless’ school redistricting in Howard County by Sezin Palmer. I am guessing this is the candidate (I will do my best to confirm).

Article update: the following was recently published to the campaign Facebook page:

As your Board of Education representative, I will keep Howard County and our education system at the forefront of scholastic achievement while ensuring diversity and excellence across our schools. A lifelong resident of Howard County, I take great pride in all the things that make this one of the best places in the country to raise a family. I am committed to ensuring all our children receive an outstanding education in Howard County.

As the child of immigrant parents, I was born and raised in Ellicott City and I am a proud graduate of the Howard County Public School System, having attended elementary, middle and high school in Howard County. I strayed as far as the University of Maryland to be the first person in my family to attend college and graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. I then began working for the federal government and have continued a career dedicated to public service. I have years of experience as a leader, responsible for balancing financial and broader organizational goals; I will bring this experience to the Board of Education where I will focus on directing resources where they are needed most while remaining fiscally responsible. I am passionate about responsibility, accountability and a commitment to excellence.

Recognizing what a special place Howard County is, with our diverse and robust communities, this was where I decided to stay and raise a family. By far, my proudest accomplishment is being the mother of two amazing boys, ages 14 and 11, who keep me busy playing football with them, doing laundry, and trying to get them to focus on their schoolwork. As a working parent, juggling a career and raising a family is often a challenge. I also work in Howard County so my entire life really does revolve around this place! Like many of you, I want to ensure all children in Howard County receive an excellent education and have access to all the resources necessary to enable them to achieve their full potential. This is something we should expect of all our elected officials.

I absolutely believe that strong communities are essential and we must emphasize unity across our communities in everything we do. This is a critical component that must be considered in the decisions we make in the Board of Education. I am committed to representing the people of District 4, and I will listen to what you think is important and do my very best to represent your needs and interests on the Board. I believe in data-driven and fact-based decision-making, free of influence from political rhetoric. That data and those facts will largely come from you, the constituents who deserve a voice in our county. I chose to run for the Board of Education because I believe all Board members have a responsibility to consider the best interests of our children and our communities in all decisions. I am confident we can do better by working together.

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:

  • Gian P Alfeo

District 4:

  • Kirsten Coombs
  • Matt Levine
  • Sezin Palmer

District 5:

  • Saif Rehman
  • Cindy Vaillancourt

Other currently elected officials on the HoCoBOE that are up for reelection include: Sabina Taj (District 1) and Jen Mallo (District 4). I have seen no official announcement from these elected officials as of this post. Mavis Ellis (District 4) has announced that she does not plan to seek reelection in 2020.

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:  https://scotteblog.com/hocoboe-in-2020/

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