Friday, May 19, 2017

Baltimore County school board role, political ambitions clash for one member

The vice chair of the Baltimore County school board may have to choose between her role as a member of the Board of Education and her political activities.

Marisol Johnson, vice chair of the Baltimore County Board of Education, will likely have to choose between continuing in that position or giving up her seat on the Baltimore County Democratic Central Committee and an expected run for the county council.

Johnson’s current role and her political ambitions, which appear to include a run for the Baltimore County Council, conflict because of a 2014 law that establishes how members of the county’s board of education are selected. That law created a hybrid school board with seven of the 12 members being elected from the county’s council districts.

Johnson did not respond to calls or an email seeking comment.

School officials were also not immediately available for comment.

Robbie Leonard, past chair of the central committee, said he became aware of the legal conflict late last week after reviewing a 2014 law creating the county’s hybrid elected-appointed school board...

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