Article update (August 18th): One of the candidates has chosen not to participate in this event on August 22nd so I am cancelling this event. I may try to setup something else in the future. Stay tuned.


Candidates running for Howard County Board of Education in District 2 (Antonia Watts and Larry Pretlow) in 2020 will join Scott E’s Blog for a candidate forum / debate on August 22nd at 10:00am. This debate will be live streamed on Scott E’s Blog Facebook page.

Here is the link to the event on Facebook in case you like reminders for events (I know I do): https://www.facebook.com/events/303359740755903/

If you have questions you would like asked during the event…feel free to send them to me via email at (scott@scotteblog.com) and one or more may be used in this event. Please send me questions that I can ask both candidates to answer.

My current idea for the format for the forums / debates for the General Election:

Opening statements by the candidates (3 minutes)

4 or 5 questions for the candidates.

  • Candidates will each get 2 minutes to answer the questions
  • Candidates will be provided 1 minute rebuttal to each question
  • The order of who answers first will change for each question – first question order will be decide by coin flip before the start of the event

Closing statements for the candidates (3 minutes)

*Note – no rebuttal time will be allocated for the opening or closing statements.

My goal is to have these events run around 45 minutes and last no longer than one hour.

If you want to rewatch the debate from the Primary for District 2 you can view it here: https://scotteblog.com/2020/05/09/watch-the-howard-county-board-of-education-district-2-candidate-debate-from-may-9th/

I have reached out (via email) to candidates in District 1 to schedule that event. I am waiting to hear back from all of the candidates to finalize the dates and times.

I will be reaching out to candidates in District 4 and District 5 in the near future to schedule those events.

If you are looking for more information on the candidates be sure to check out the HoCoBOE Election page on Scott E’s Blog:  https://scotteblog.com/hocoboe-in-2020/

Scott E

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