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Board of Education Candidates Forums

2014 is an election year ------ an especially important time for those of us who advocate for our kids and our schools.  The choices we make on November 4 will have a major impact on things we care deeply about for the next four years!

It's so important to be informed.  Do your homework.  Pay attention.  Meet candidates. Ask questions. Listen to answers.  Consider carefully.  MCCPTA wants to help you do that. 

We hosted a Board of Education Candidates Forum on Sept. 29 with the League of Women Voters.  The video is available on the MyMCMedia site (click here), and will also be televised on Channel 21 throughout October.

Other Forums in the community that we are aware of:

Sunday, October 5th: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m., 

Garrett Park Town Hall, 10814 Kenilworth Avenue, Garrett Park

Sponsored by Start School Later, Inc.

Wednesday, October 8th:7:30 - 9:00 p.m.,

Aspen Hill Library, 4407 Aspen Hill Road, Rockville

Sponsored by The Library Advisory Committee and the Strathmore-Bel Pre Civic Association

Saturday, October 11th: 8:45 - 11:00 a.m., 

Carver Educational Services Center, 850 Hungerford Dr. Rockville

Sponsored by NAACP Parents Council

Tuesday, October 14th: 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.,

Silver Spring Civic Center, One Veterans Plaza, Silver Spring

Sponsored by the Montgomery County Education Forum (MCEF)

Wednesday, October 15th: 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. 

River Falls Club House 7915 Horseshoe Lane, Potomac, MD.

Sponsored by the Whitman High School Cluster

Tuesday, October 21: 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.,  

Long Branch Community Center, 8700 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring

Sponsored by Safe Silver Spring and MCCPTA

Board of Education candidates

District 1:

  • Judith Docca
  • Kristin Trible

District 3:

  • Laurie Halverson
  • Pat O'Neill

District 5:

  • Mike Durso
  • Larry Edmonds


  • Shebra Evans
  • Jill Ortman-Fouse

Remember - unlike the County Council and General Assembly, Board of Education seats are all countywide --- BOE district affiliations apply only to where the candidate/BOE member must live. So - no matter where you live, you have a vote in EVERY Board of Education contest.

And - an important reminder.  You have until October 15 to register to vote in the November 4 general election.  So  - if you're not currently registered, or have moved since you last registered, you still have time to register or update your voter registration --- if you go to the wrong polling place on election day you'll have to cast a provisional ballot ---nobody wants to do that!

Here's a link to the Montgomery County Board of Elections website.  To check your registration status, or learn how to register, just use the dropdown menu in the lefthand column.