Candidates running for Howard County Board of Education in District 5 (Yun Lu and Cindy Vaillancourt) in 2020 will join Scott E’s Blog for a candidate forum / debate on September 26th 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):

If you have questions you would like asked during the event…feel free to send them to me via email at ( 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 5 you can view it here:

I have reached out (via email and Facebook Messenger) to candidates in District 1 and District 4 to schedule those events. I am waiting to hear back from all of the candidates to finalize the dates and times.

District 1: One candidate has confirmed and I am waiting to hear from the other candidate to finalize the date and time.

District 4: Two candidates were good with the first date…but the third could not make it. So I am now waiting on the third candidate to tell me a good date to reschedule this event. I seriously hope I get that soon.

The goal is to finish all of these events before October 1st…one way or the other…I want everyone running to participate…but if they can not or are not willing to attend online in my proposed format…then I will interview those that are interested by that time frame. This is seriously more difficult than I thought it would be given all of the interest in these events by our community during the primary.

Every online primary debate had between 4,500 and 6,400 viewers online…much bigger than any in person political event I ever attended locally. I thought these would be an easy sale to the candidates and not a difficult thing to schedule….you live and you learn.

If you are looking for more information on the candidates be sure to check out the HoCoBOE Election page on Scott E’s Blog:

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