For all the candidates for the 2017 Delaware School Board elections, I am extending the due date for the surveys until 5pm on Monday, May 2nd. I’ve received several already so I thank those candidates. I would love to get every candidate’s survey, but I am also realistic. It is a great way to get your viewpoints out to a wider audience in your district. My email is email@example.com and I wish all of you the best of luck on May 9th!
Wow! Meg Mason resigns from the Christina Board of Education a week ago, the New Castle County Department of Elections announces the seat will be part of the May 9th election, the deadline for candidates to file is April 20th, and three women file today!
Who are these brave souls?
Looks like we have a race! The only name I am familiar with is Monica Moriak, who serves on the Christina Citizen’s Budget Oversight Committee. At this time, Christina will have two three-way races for board seats. All I can say is look for A LOT of campaign signs all over the place in the Greater Newark area as well as the Wilmington section of Christina in the coming weeks!
It is now after 4:30pm on March 3rd, 2017. The filing deadline passed so all candidates are known for the 2017 School Board election. We have a big list and quite a few races! A 5-way race in Milford, 4-way in Red Clay, and 3-ways in Appo, Caesar Rodney, Christina, and Lake Forest. 2-ways in Brandywine, Capital and Smyrna. NO filings in Cape Henlopen as of this writing.
Appoquinimink: Charlisa Edelin, Trevor Tucker, Keinna McKnight
Brandywine: Alma Gillis, John Skrobot
Caesar Rodney: Alan Claycomb, Tawanna Prophet-Brinkley, David Failing
Cape Henlopen: No filings as of 4:46pm
Capital: Andres Ortiz, Joan Loewenstein-Engel
Christina: Jeffrey Day, Kimara Smith, Meredith Griffin Jr., *Shirley Saffer withdrew
Colonial: Leo Magee
Delmar: Thomas Elliott
Lake Forest: Austin Auen, Phillip Thomas, Stephanie Justiniano-Johnson
Laurel: Linda Wintjen
Milford (Area D): Judith Purcell
Milford (At-Large): Ronald Evans, Michael Firch, Jason Miller, Michael McKain, Michael Wells
Red Clay: Ashley Sabo, Henry Clampitt, Thomas Pappenhagen, James Startzman Jr.
Seaford: Michael Kraft
Smyrna: Vetra Evans-Gunter, Karin Sweeney
Woodbridge: Paul Breeding
*Indian River has no open board seats this election year
On May 9th, Delawareans across the state will vote for school district board members. It happens every year! This year will be no exception. Below are the list of districts with open seats for the election and who has already filed.
Appoquinimink, at-large, expires 2022, no filings
Brandywine, District D, expires 2022, no filings
Caesar Rodney, at-large, expires 2022, Alan Claycomb (filed 2/3/17)
Cape Henlopen, Area D, expires 2022, no filings
Capital, at-large, expires 2022, Andres Ortiz (filed 2/2/17)
Christina, District G, expires 2022, Shirley Sutton-Saffer (filed 1/5/17) and Jeffrey Day (filed 1/31/17)
Delmar, at-large, expires 2022, no filings
Lake Forest, at-large, expires 2022, Austin Auen (filed 1/6/17)
Laurel, at-large, expires 2022, Linda Wintjen (filed 12/30/16)
Milford, Area D, expires 2022, no filings
Milford, at-large, expires 2022, no filings
Red Clay, District C, expires 2022, no filings
Seaford, at-large, expires 2022, Michael Kraft (filed 1/4/17)
Smyrna, at-large, expires 2022, Vetra Evans-Gunter (filed 1/23/17)
Woodbridge, at-large, expires 2022, no filings
So it looks like we have one contested seat up in Christina, but no others… yet. That will change. The filing deadline is the first Friday in March. And no, I will not be running for Capital again this year. But I do see one of my opponents is taking another shot at it. Good luck Mr. Ortiz! Indian River does not have any open board seats this year. All I can say about school board elections is get the word out. The number of votes in these things compared to the number of students in the district is very small. People shouldn’t complain about school board members if they don’t vote in these elections! Come April, you will start seeing school board election signs all over the place across Delaware. Don’t steal them though, it is still against the law!