Mongomery County 2020 school board candidates

Like many other school systems, Montgomery has been upended as never before by the fallout of the health crisis. Students are logging in from home for virtual learning. There are no buses to school every day, no sitting in classrooms for in-person instruction.

Seven weeks into the school year, it is unclear when it will change. State officials have pushed Maryland school systems to consider bringing at least some students back on campus. But Montgomery has not set a date.

Meanwhile, enrollment is down, with worries about major budget shortfalls.

In this uncertainty, voters will choose between two candidates for each seat in nonpartisan contests. One hopeful is a professor, another a teacher and yet another is a sports radio personality. Many have been involved as advocates. Two are incumbents.

Below are answers each candidate gave to several questions from The Washington Post. They have been edited for clarity and

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Meet the Candidates: Secretary of State | Politics

In the race for secretary of state, incumbent Republican Mac Warner faces Democratic challenger Natalie Tennant, who previously held the office. The following are excerpts from an HD Media candidate questionnaire.

Natalie Tennant (D)

What changes in current election laws would you recommend to make voting safer and more accessible?

Natalie Tennant


I would implement automatic voter registration. It was passed by republicans and democrats four years ago and still has not been implemented by the current secretary of state. It’s long past due because it brings more efficiency and breaks down barriers. I’d also explore ranked choice voting and risk limiting audits.

What changes need to be made in the way that campaign donor identities and campaign expenditures are made to the public?

There is too much money in campaigns. Campaign contribution limits should not have been raised in West Virginia. We need to have a constitutional amendment

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Prince George country 2020 school board candidates

Schools in Prince George’s remain in an all-virtual-learning mode through at least late January, with students getting their lessons online. State officials have been pushing for a return to school buildings, but the county — hit hard by the novel coronavirus — does not appear headed in that direction.

The Nov. 3 ballot will list five races but just three are contested. Incumbents David Murray and Raaheela Ahmed are running unopposed for seats on the 14-member board, which is a hybrid body of appointed and elected members.

Here are answers to questions posed by The Washington Post for candidates in the three contested races. They are edited for clarity and brevity:

Shayla Adams-Stafford, 33, founder and chief executive of AdaptiveX, an educational consulting and software company, says her passion is addressing educational inequities. She cites experience as a national board-certified teacher, business owner and teacher trainer.

Top issues: A

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Where they stand: Indiana House District 7 candidates on the issues | Government & Politics

The job of a state representative is to create and pass legislation that will benefit the citizens of his or her district, as well as the entire state.

Ross Deal

Education: Bachelor’s, IUSB

Campaign phone: 574-258-0805

Jake Teshka

Job: Business development officer

Education: Master’s, IUSB

Indiana taxpayers currently fund four different types of K-12 education: traditional public schools, charter schools, private schools (using “choice scholarships”/”vouchers”), and online education. What, if anything, would you change about the current funding structure for K-12 education?

Deal: In 2008, the General Assembly changed the school funding formula by removing local property taxes. In addition to the removal of local property taxes, the ability for local levies to fund debt service, transportation, and capital projects was also eliminated. In 2009 then governor Mitch Daniels cut an additional 300 million dollars from school funding. That money was never put back! Traditional public schools have lost ground,

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Here is how the 2 candidates running for Oregon secretary of state say they’d do the job

State Sen. Shemia Fagan of the Portland area and Sen. Kim Thatcher of the Salem area are running for secretary of state this fall.

Oregon’s secretary of state oversees elections, produces audits of state and some local government programs through the Audits Division, is a voting member of the State Land Board and is first in line to become governor if the current governor steps down or can no longer serve.

The secretary of state can also play a pivotal role in the once-a-decade job of redrawing the boundaries of legislative and Congressional districts and often weighs in on government transparency policy and law. The Oregonian/OregonLive asked Thatcher, a Republican, and Fagan, a Democrat, each 10 questions about how they would handle crucial aspects of the job.

Some of their answers are similar: Both declined to cite any specific dollar limit that should be imposed on campaign contributions and both

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State legislative candidates raise record sums online

Aimy Steele says she’s still in shock. The Democratic candidate was always determined to raise more money this election than she did in 2018, when her unsuccessful campaign collected less than $100,000 running for a state House seat outside of Charlotte, N.C.

But in 2020, the former school principal began experiencing a greater financial windfall from online donors than she had ever imagined possible. Steele brought in more than $150,000 through the online fundraising platform ActBlue since January alone, part of a fundraising haul of about $300,000 total.

“It was beyond surprising and absolutely shocking,” Steele said in an interview. “Like, I literally still pinch myself when I look at these numbers.”

Most Democrats associate prodigious online fundraising totals with their presidential and congressional candidates, many of whom boast national profiles. But the party’s massive surge of digital contributions has also reached lesser-known state legislative candidates like Steele, according to

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Joe Biden considering candidates to be vice presidential nominee

Presumptive Democratic Party nominee Joe Biden is getting closer to naming the woman who would serve as his vice president if he wins November’s US election.

His campaign has not set a date for the announcement and there is still time for the contenders and their advocates to make appeals to Mr Biden, who is 77 and would be the oldest person elected president if he wins the race to the Oval Office.

Mr Biden, who himself served as vice president to Barack Obama, had initially indicated in May he would make a decision around August 1 but campaign sources now suggest a decision could come in the week starting on August 10.

That is one week before the party convention formalises Mr Biden’s nomination to challenge President Donald Trump for the keys to the White House.

Running mates are often announced on the eve of a convention.

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COVID-19 vaccine candidates secure funds; Lysol gets EPA nod

The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed. Following are developments Tuesday related to the national and global response, the work place and the spread of the virus.



— Overall retail sales are expected to fall this year, but there’s one bright spot: online shopping. E-commerce sales are expected to rise 18% this year, with most of that spending going to Amazon and Walmart, according to market research firm eMarketer. The increase was helped by the popularity of services like buy online and pick up curbside. The pandemic has also forced some to shop online for the first time: online shopping among those 65 and older is expected to rise 12% this year.

— The recovery for U.S. restaurants is stalling as coronavirus cases increase in many states. For the week ending June 28, customer transactions at major

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Tech employees are selling referrals online to job candidates for under $50 to help them get hired at Google, Facebook, and other industry giants

Rooftop Slushie was reportedly named after a character in HBO's "Silicon Valley" TV show depicting a strikingly accurate portrayal of the tech industry.
Rooftop Slushie was reportedly named after a character in HBO’s “Silicon Valley” TV show depicting a strikingly accurate portrayal of the tech industry.

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  • A website is allowing prospective tech employees to anonymously purchase a job referral from existing tech workers for $20 to $50 apiece.

  • Rooftop Slushie, created by the makers of techie chat favorite Blind, has hosted 11,000 referral transactions since it was launched in 2019. Facebook and Google referrals are the most popular.

  • The “vendors” are established employees at companies like Amazon, Google, and Twitter who can become verified on the website and vet candidate submissions before accepting the deal.

  • The site’s product manager told One Zero that the service helps improve a skilled candidate’s chances of getting hired, but critics say paying for and accepting payment for a job referral is unethical.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The hiring process in the tech

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