I came across this announcement on social media and thought I would put it out to my blog readers. Mike Sheer has announced an intention to run for Howard County Board of Education in District 4 in 2020. Here is what he shared publicly:

***Hey folks! Time for big announcement number 2!***

I’m running for Board of Ed in District 4! Facebook page will be up today, website coming very shortly.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in the Board of Education please swing by my official announcement event!

This Thursday, Jan 16th – 6pm to 7pm @ Union Jack’s by the Columbia Mall.

As a member of the Board of Education I’ll be representing all schools in the county, so please feel free to stop by even if you’re not in my district!

And feel free to share this post!

Here is that post:


As of this blog post Mike Sheer has not filed to run for HoCoBOE in 2020. There is a mention of a website coming soon in the post above…and a Facebook page potentially coming later today.

Article Update: Mike Sheer filed to run for HoCoBOE on January 21st

If he does actually enter the race (and I have no reason to believe he will not)…here is an updated listing of candidates so far:

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
  • Mike Sheer

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