A traditional entry point for people interested in running for political office is the Board of Education. There is a vacancy now in district 4 (Takoma Park, and parts of Silver Spring and Wheaton), that has opned up since Board member Valerie Ervin was elected to the Montgomery County Council.
Anyone with relevent experience who might be interested in getting into politics on the ground floor should look into this.
Board Seeks Applicants for District 4 Vacancy
November 10, 2006
Individuals who live in Board of Education District 4 in Montgomery County are invited to apply for the vacancy created by the pending resignation of Valerie Ervin. Ervin will be leaving the Board because of her election to the Montgomery County Council. The new Council members will be sworn in on December 4, 2006.
The appointment of an individual to complete the remaining two years of the current term will be made by the Board of Education. The appointment process includes a review of submitted applications, personal interviews, voter registration verification, and confirmation of district residency. The Board intends to interview selected candidates on Saturday, December 9, 2006, and expects to complete the appointment process by December 12, 2006.
By law, the individual chosen must be a registered voter of Montgomery County and reside within Board of Education District 4, which encompasses Takoma Park and parts of Silver Spring and Wheaton. The specific precincts that comprise the district can be found in Section 3-901(f)(3)(vii) of the Education Article of the Annotated Code of Maryland. The boundaries of the district also can be identified by calling the Board of Elections at 240-770-8500. An individual who is
subject to the authority of the Board of Education, such as an employee of the school system, may not serve as a member of the Board.
Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on November 27, 2006. For additional information about the position, please call Roland Ikheloa, the Board of Education’s chief of staff, at 301-279-3301. Individuals are requested to mail, hand deliver, e-mail, or fax the documents to the Board of Education. The mailing address is 850 Hungerford Drive,
Room 123, Rockville, Maryland 20850. E-mails may be sent to email@example.com. The fax number is 301-279-3860. The names and correspondence of all applicants will be available for public review.
Individuals wishing to be considered for appointment must submit the following:
1. A signed letter expressing the applicant’s desire and willingness to serve on the Board of Education as the District 4 representative with a term ending in November 2008;
2. A brief record of the applicant’s personal history and relevant civic, professional, and other experience (a resume will suffice);
3. A statement certifying that the applicant is a registered voter of Montgomery County and resides in District 4; and
4. Contact information including e-mail addresses and telephone numbers where the applicant can be reached.