We have a new candidate for Howard County Board of Education in District 5: Yun Lu.

The candidate website is up and running:  https://lu4boe.org/. Here is information from the about page:

About Dr. Yun Lu

Dr. Yun Lu is a devoted mother of two school-age children, a passionate community service volunteer, a weekend math teacher, and a full-time statistician working for a federal public health agency. She came to Maryland to pursue her Ph.D. in Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Yun and her family settled in Howard County eight years ago for its diverse community and excellent school system.

Yun’s deep interest in education stemmed from a family with generations of educators. Yun believes that improving public education and public health should put our children first. Yun has been an advocate for improving education and public health in Howard County. She considers academic achievement, physical well-being, and social-emotional readiness important factors to prepare children for their bright future. Yun recognizes the importance of diversity and appreciates diversity through understanding, acceptance, and mutual respect. She advocates for closing the achievement gap by truly understanding the students and tailoring teaching approaches to individual student needs.

Yun believes that education is a shared responsibility of the parents, school, and community. A stable community and a sense of belonging play a crucial role in creating a safe and nurturing environment for children. Being a devoted mother and a dedicated community member, she actively participates in school and community volunteer services. Yun has served on the Community HOA Board of Directors for the past three years. She is currently serving on the Board of Education Operating Budget Review Committee (OBRC). Yun has been a school MathCounts team coach, a homeroom Mom, a regular volunteer at school, a long-term PTA member, and a volunteer at numerous extracurricular and community activities.

Yun considers public service a public trust. She promotes accountability, transparency, participation, and inclusion. With her decade long evidence-based decision making experiences as a federal government employee, her data analysis skills as a statistician, her perspective as a mother, a teacher, and a public servant, Yun is committed to representing the people of District 5 and working together with all stakeholders to serve the best interest of Children and Communities in Howard County.

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The candidate has one social media account so far…on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/lu4boe

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
  • James Cecil

District 3:

  • Gian P Alfeo
  • Tom Heffner

District 4:

  • Kirsten Coombs
  • Matt Levine
  • Sezin Palmer

District 5:

  • Saif Rehman
  • Cindy Vaillancourt
  • Yun Lu

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

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