The field of school board candidates has grown to 10 and each incumbent member running for re-election now has a challenger.

Current board members Judith Docca (Dist. 1) of Montgomery Village, Patricia O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda and Michael Durso (Dist. 5) have all filed to run for another term.

Kristin C. Trible of Gaithersburg filed to run against Docca in District 1, which includes Poolesville, Barnsville and Laytonsville.

Laurie Halverson of Potomac will run against O’Neill in District 3, which includes Bethesda and Chevy Chase.

Durso’s challenger for the District 5 seat — which represents the area including Olney and Colesville — comes in the form of Larry E. Edmonds of Silver Spring.

School board member Shirley Brandman has said she will not seek re-election, leaving an at-large position open.

Four candidates are vying for the spot: Edward Amatetti of Gaithersburg, Shebra Evans of Clarksburg, Merry Eisner Heidorn of Potomac and Jill Ortman-Fouse of Silver Spring.

As part of a larger Gazette project to provide profile stories on candidates in this year’s election, I’ve talked to several of the school board candidates so far and will be adding more profile stories to share their reasons for running, main issues and thoughts on the current board’s work, among other things.

Here are links to the stories so far in the order they appeared in the paper:



1. Michael Durso

2. Patricia O’Neill

3. Judith Docca

4. Shebra Evans



Check back at The Learning Curve for more profile stories.



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