Five PGC School Board Seats Up for Grabs

Gale Horton Gay | 10/31/2012, 12:43 p.m.

Prince George's County voters are facing choices in five races for the county's nine-member Board of Education. Districts 1, 4, 5, 7 and 8 have contested races.

District 1

Zabrina Epps and David H. Murray are vying for the District 1 seat, which is currently vacant. Epps, an academic adviser at the Community College of Baltimore County, is a former budget analyst for the General Assembly of Baltimore County. She is also an SAT prep instructor. Murray, a graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School, is currently a junior at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is a former member of the Maryland State Board of Education. He has also served as an educational liaison for former Prince George's County Councilman Tom Dernoga and Maryland Sen. C. Anthony Muse.

District 4

Incumbent Patricia Eubanks and Micah Watson are competing for the District 4 seat. Eubanks, an energy program specialist for the District of Columbia Department of the Environment, is a single mother of two children who graduated from Prince George's County Public Schools.She attended the University of Maryland University College in College Park and Trinity University in Washington, D.C. She has resided in the Capitol Heights area for 30 years and worked in the community for social justice and family advocacy. Micah Watson served for seven years on the Cheverly Town Council, the final two years as vice mayor. He was elected by his colleagues as president of the county municipal association. He also served on the Democratic Central Committee. He has worked as a legislative aide and as a state agency government relations manager. He's the father of a Prince George's County public school student.

District 5

Veteran school board member Verjeana Jacobs is facing off against newcomer Raaheela Ahmed. Jacobs has served on the school board for six years - five of those as board chair [a position she currently holds]. She is an attorney who has worked in public safety since 1989 at the Prince George's County Department of Corrections. She is currently chief of the Office of Professional Responsibility and Legal Affairs Division. Ahmed currently attends the University of Maryland, College Park, studying business. She is a 2011 graduate of Eleanor Roosevelt High School. Ahmed is also program coordinator of Health Leads UMD, an organization that helps families find resources such as food, clothing, employment and shelter.

District 7

In the District 7 race, incumbent Henry P. Armwood is up against Carletta Fellows. Armwood is a retiree who was elected to the school board in 2010. He has served two terms as president of the Parent Teacher Student Association at Charles Herbert Flowers High School. He is the father of four adult children and five grandchildren who attend Prince George's County public schools. Fellows has taught in Prince George's County and the District public schools. She holds degrees in behavioral psychology and education and has also worked in an administrative capacity in education.

District 8

An interesting situation has developed in the District 8 race. While two names remain on the ballot, only one candidate is actively campaigning for the seat. 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, challenged incumbent Edward Burroughs III for the seat. News reports indicate that Nottingham recently withdrew from the race, however not in time for his name to be removed from the ballot. That leaves Burroughs, 20, a student at the University of Maryland Baltimore County, as the lone candidate actively campaigning. Burroughs has served on the school board for four years as a student and adult member. Burroughs, who is studying education policy and political science, is a 2010 graduate of Crossland High School.

For more information on the candidates, visit the Prince George's League of Women Voter's web site http://pg1.lwvmd.org and view their election guide for Prince George's County.