The candidate filing deadline has come and gone and now we know that there are only four candidates running for Board of Education (BOE) in Carroll County this election cycle. The candidates are (listed in order of filing date): Greg Malveaux, Kristen Zihmer, Muri Lynn Dueppen, and Amanda Jozkowski.
There are two open seats in 2024 on the Board of Education (Donna M. Sivigny and Marsha B. Herbert are both term limited and can not seek reelection to the Board).
The 2024 Primary for BOE is pretty much a formality as all four candidates will move on to the General Election to compete for the two open seats.
Observer Note: It is possible that the candidates may not appear on the Primary ballots in 2024 and may only show up on the General ballots in November. Back in 2010 (Gubernatorial election cycle) no BOE candidates appeared on the Primary ballot and in 2004 (Presidential election cycle) no BOE candidates appeared on the Primary ballot. Both of those election cycles had the minimum number of candidates required to all move forward to the General. The Observer will reach out to the Carroll County Board of Elections early next week for confirmation.
ARTICLE UPDATE (Feb 12, 2024):
I spoke with Erin Perrone (Elections Director for the Carroll County Board of Elections) on the morning of February 12th and she confirmed the candidates will not appear on the Primary Ballot. The first time voters will see the candidates names (on a ballot) for the election onto the Board of Education will be in the 2024 General Election.
Here is a little bit about the political background of the candidates:
Greg Malveaux and Kristen Zihmer are first time candidates for BOE in Carroll County. They both have received endorsements from Mom’s for Liberty as well as some local elected officials (like Commissioner Kiler and former Delegate Krebs…and I am sure some others but I do not have a complete list at this time).
Muri Lynn Dueppen is running for a second time for BOE in Carroll County. She finished 8th in the 2018 Primary and did not qualify to move on to the General that election year (only top 6 moved forward to the General).
Both Amanda Jozkowski and Muri Lynn Dueppen have received the endorsement from Carroll County Education Association for BOE this election cycle.
A look back at past election cycles and the number of candidates that entered the race for BOE:
- In the 2020 Presidential Primary cycle there were 5 BOE candidates
- In the 2016 Presidential Primary cycle there were 5 BOE candidates
- In the 2012 Presidential Primary cycle there were 7 BOE candidates
- In the 2008 Presidential Primary cycle there were 6 BOE candidates
- In the 2004 Presidential Primary cycle there were 4 BOE candidates and none were listed on the Primary Ballot – all 4 competed in only the General that year.
- In the 2000 Presidential Primary cycle there were 11 BOE candidates
The Carroll County Board of Elections has some great data from past elections: https://elections.carrollcountymd.gov/electionResults.aspx
The Observer has a “Candidate Tracker” where you can get links to the four candidates campaign websites, links to social media platforms for the candidates, candidates and slate campaign financial information, lists of upcoming candidate forums and election dates for the 2024 Primary Election and 2024 General Election. This “Candidate Tracker” will be updated as the election moves forward updating new financial data released and upcoming candidate forums.
The Observer hopes to conduct individual candidate interviews at some point down the road for the community and followers of this entity.
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