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Incumbents, Challengers Mix it up in School Board Race

Gale Horton Gay | 11/7/2012, 12:19 p.m.

Prince George's County voters on Nov. 6 returned most incumbents to the Prince George's County School Board but also elected some fresh faces to join them.

District 1

With 23 of 31 precincts reporting, Zabrina Epps appears to have won the currently vacant District 1 seat with 12,067 votes [51 percent] while David H. Murray suffered a loss with 11,420 votes [48 percent]. Epps is an academic adviser at the Community College of Baltimore County. Murray, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is currently a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

District 4

With 21 of 33 precincts reporting, incumbent Patricia Eubanks likely beat challenger Micah Watson for the District 4 seat. Eubanks, energy program specialist for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment and a single mother of two children, received 10,279 votes compared to Watson's 8,057 votes. Watson served for seven years on the Cheverly Town Council, the final two years as vice mayor.

District 5

With 31 of 37 precincts reporting, veteran school board member and attorney Verjeana Jacobs has likely pulled out a win over newcomer Raaheela Ahmed in the District 5 race. Jacobs, who has served on the school board for six years - five of those as board chair [a position she currently holds], garnered 21,658 votes [52 percent], while Ahmed received 19,746 votes [47 percent]. Ahmed is a University of Maryland student.

District 7

With 21 of 31 precincts reporting in the District 7 race, Carletta Fellows appears to have defeated incumbent Henry P. Armwood. Fellows drew 67 percent of the race with 12,519 votes compared to Armwood's 9,400 votes [42 percent]. Fellows has taught in Prince George's County and District of Columbia public schools. Armwood is a retiree who was elected to the school board in 2010.

District 8

With 27 of 35 precincts reporting, incumbent Edward Burroughs III has retained his seat on the board for District 8, receiving 25,160 votes [81 percent]. This is not surprising since the challenger stopped actively campaigning for the seat weeks before the vote, according to news reports. Andre Nottingham, former president of the Parent Teacher Student Association [PTSA] at John Hanson Montessori School and vice president of the PTSA at Oxon Hill High School, received 5,785 votes or 18 percent of the vote. Burroughs, 20, a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, has served on the school board for four years as a student and adult member.

Vote tallies and percentages provided by the Prince George's County Board of Elections at approximately 11:30 p.m. Nov. 6.