“I’m honored and grateful that the voters chose to re-elect me to my sixth term on the board,” said incumbent Patricia O’Neill, who won 63.2 percent of the District 3 vote.
O’Neill beat challenger Lynn Amano by nearly 70,000 votes, with a total of 159,318 votes. She began her first term in December 1998.
“We constantly are evolving,” said O’Neill about the board, given a new student board member every year and board members being up for re-election every two years.
“This one will be special; it’s going to be an all-female board – for the first time in history an all-female board.”
District 1 incumbent Judy Docca won her race against Maria Blaeuer with a 1.6-percent lead out of a total of 123,514 votes, or 50.4 percent of the vote. Blaeuer received 119,411 votes. A phone call to Docca was not returned before deadline.
Incoming first-time board of education member Karla Silvestre won the at-large race, beating Julie Reiley at 51 percent to 48.2 percent, or 130,407 to 123,121 votes.
Silvestre said she and Reiley had similar amounts of support and endorsements and finished close together in the primary, and so they knew the race would be close.
“No, I’m not surprised,” Silvestre said of the win. “We worked very hard. We had a lot of supports, a lot of grass- roots support… people knocking on doors, making phone calls. I think that level of grass-roots support led to [good] voter turnout.”
Silvestre will succeed Board member Jill Ortman-Fouse, who ran for County Council in the primary election but lost. Silvestre said she plans to attend or to watch all school board meetings up until she is sworn in on Dec. 3.
“I’ve been involved with MCPS for the last 10 years, so I know kind of the rhythm of the meetings and a lot of the topics being discussed.”
Silvestre has one child in 11th grade and one in sixth grade at MCPS.
First-time Board of Education candidate Brenda Wolff won the District 5 race unopposed, with 233,737 votes. Wolff was running to succeed Board of Education member Michael Durso.
Voters elect the Board of Education members countywide and non-partisan.