Jul. 21—Harford County Board of Education Vice President Carol Mueller is projected to retain her seat, with twice as many votes as challenger Kayla Mariskanish, a county public school parent, in Tuesday's election.
From early voting and primary day results, Mueller leads with 3,077 votes over Mariskanish, who has 1,505 votes.
"I appreciate the confidence that the voters in District C have shown in me," Mueller said. "I will continue to work with the community and make sure their concerns are heard and addressed. We will maintain a safe learning environment with opportunities for growth and development for all students, teachers, and staff."
Mariskanish did not respond to The Aegis' requests for comment.
This year, there were six contested seats on the school board. Only Mueller and District D member Ariane Kelly are seeking reelection. Current board members in districts A, B, E and F did not seeking reelection, said Lindsay B. Bilodeau, Harford County Public Schools innovation specialist.
Results from the Harford Board of Elections include early voting and primary day totals. The counting of mail-in ballots began Thursday and will be completed by July 29, based on state election guidelines.
Candidates Denise Perry, Carol Pitt Bruce, Sharon Jacobs are projected to win three seats on the school board. Perry, who is a parent and grandparent of students in Harford County Public Schools, is winning District A with 1,087 votes followed by Jean Hruz, a former volunteer in county public schools, with 905 votes.
Bruce, a former member of the Harford County Board of Elections and vice president of the board of the nonprofit Havre de Grace Colored School Foundation, is ahead in District E with 1,778 votes, ahead of Tanya L. Tyo with 1,601 votes.
Jacobs, a retired Army veteran, leads District F with 2,079, beating Diane Alvarez, a retired engineer from Aberdeen Proving Ground, who has 1,840 votes.
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Early results for districts B and D were not posted as of Thursday.
Dennis Barry and Wade Sewell are facing off in District B. Barry is chief operating partner at Restaurant Reputations, which helps restaurants monitor how they are perceived online, according to his LinkedIn profile. Sewell, of Fallston, is a lifelong Harford County resident who attended county public schools.
Kelly is running to keep her seat on the board in District D. Born in Harford County, she attended North Harford elementary, middle and high schools before getting her undergraduate degree from the University of Delaware.
Her opponent, Melissa Hahn, is a parent of two county public school students and a substitute teacher for the school system.
After election officials make changes to county, state and congressional districts based on final redistricting plans, some candidates may be assigned to a different district, according to the county board of elections.
The General Election will take place on Nov. 8. The new board members are expected to be sworn in at a Board of Education meeting in December.