We have a new candidate for Howard County Board of Education in District 2: Antonia Barkley Watts.

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

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

It is possible (but unconfirmed) that this is the resume of Antonia Barkley Watts:


This is a local business run in Columbia that may be run by the candidate:

I will reach out to the candidate for confirmation on the items listed above.

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
  • Antonia Barkley Watts

District 3:

  • Gian P Alfeo
  • Tom Heffner
  • Jolene Mosley

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: Jen Mallo (District 4). I have seen no official announcement from this elected official as of this post. Mavis Ellis (District 4)  and Sabina Taj (District 1) have announced that they do 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:

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