SUITLAND – The Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee voted 12-7 to endorse four Board of Education candidates for the general election in November after voting unanimously last week to not endorse anyone. Some committee members, as well as candidates who were not endorsed, are questioning the move. “We voted last week; it was a […]
SUITLAND – The Prince George’s County Democratic Central Committee voted 12-7 to endorse four Board of Education candidates for the general election in November after voting unanimously last week to not endorse anyone.
Some committee members, as well as candidates who were not endorsed, are questioning the move.
“We voted last week; it was a unanimous vote,” committee member Theresa Dudley said. “Did we have an epiphany of what we should be doing as a committee? By reconsidering this now, we just look foolish. It’s a nonpartisan race; we shouldn’t pick one democrat over another democrat.”
The committee voted to endorse Lupi Grady for District 2, Dinora Hernandez for District 3, current Board member Sonya Williams for District 9 and Board member Carolyn Boston for District 6. All four candidates already received endorsements from County Executive Rushern Baker III.
Endorsing Board of Education candidates and putting them on the Democratic Central Committee’s ballot is not an unusual practice, said committee treasurer Courtney Glass. The committee endorsed Board of Education candidates in 2006 and 2010, she said.
“We needed to make sure everyone was educated about the candidates,” Glass said. “I think it’s correct for us to take a position on elected candidates. We’re allowed to have our voices heard.”
Domonique Flowers, who is running against Williams in District 9, said a partisan group should not get involved in the election of nonpartisan positions.
“The school board by its nature is non-partisan. Even if I was endorsed myself to be on the Democratic (Committee’s) ballot, I would actually ask them to take me off,” Flowers said. “In my own candidacy, I have not mentioned at all that I’m a democrat or a republican. I stress nonpartisanship.”
Although Flowers served on the Democratic Central Committee from September 2013 to June 2014, he said he has avoided mentioning his service during his campaign.
“I want (voters) to support me based on my experience, based on my ideas.”
During the committee’s discussion, Dudley made a motion to object reconsideration of the committee’s decision the previous week, although the motion failed.
Pat Fletcher, a who is running against Carolyn Boston in District 6, said the committee’s decision to reconsider its vote bothered her.
“A motion to reconsider a vote is when that vote is really close,” Fletcher said. “But a motion to reconsider a vote that was unanimous says something to me. It says that not only do you want a school board, you want a school board that you can control. Since we can’t have an appointed board, then we will appoint them this way.”