Three MCPS Board of Election members elected and three ballot measures passed
Along with the national presidential election on Nov. 8, several local elections took place in the county. Of the seven seats on the MCPS Board of Education, three were up for election, and Maryland voted on three different ballot measures, as well.
Incumbent board member Philip Kauffman lost his seat to Jeannette Dixon in a close race. Rebecca Smondrowski retained her seat, while Shebra Evans beat out Anjali Reed Phukan to take the seat from District 4 that former member Christopher Barclay left.
Despite the measure being passed, some Montgomery County residents are apprehensive about term limits. "I support term limits because they ensure the flow of new ideas into our political system. However, they can prevent experienced politicians who are really good at doing their jobs from continuing their work," Blair junior Leo West said.
Evans and Dixon both hope to introduce more technology into classrooms and work to close the achievement gap during their terms. Some students at Blair have mixed opinions on these initiatives, including West. "More technology is a good thing. Teachers need to be careful not to become over reliant on technology."
Despite the changes on the Board of Education, Guerci's goals as SMOB do not change. "I will continue to fight to empower our student body and elevate the student voice,” he said.
The 2016 election will bring many changes to our country, not only at the national level but also at the local level. The new members of our political system look to take a more modern approach during their terms in office.
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