By Ryan Miner
Alfred “Al” E. Martin, the longtime Director of Finance for the City of Hagerstown, has filed to run for the Washington County Board of Education.
Martin filed his official candidacy paperwork yesterday (Jan. 22) at the Washington County Board of Elections.
Martin is known for his decades of experience in finance and accounting, serving the City of Hagerstown for thirty years as its Director of Finance. Martin is a Certified Public Account and continues to serve on various community boards in Washington County.
During the last Board of Education campaign cycle, Martin served as Mindy Marsden’s campaign treasurer.
Al and his wife, Claudia are actively involved with politics in Washington County.
Martin’s financial experience coupled with his experience serving various community organizations will immediately launch him to the top of the pack in a primary and general election.
Martin is exactly the fresh face the Washington County Board of Education needs. He is a reasonable and pragmatic thinker, and he is profoundly respected all throughout Washington County.
Stan Stouffer, a disgruntled former Williamsport High School teacher (once placed on a teacher Performance Improvement Plan) who ran in 2014 as part of a Board of Education slate with ethically-challenged Mike Guessford and union-controlled Karen Harshman, is the only other Board of Education candidate filed with the Washington County Board of Elections.
According to the Herald-Mail Media, incumbent Melissa Williams is soon expected to file for re-election. Williams is the leader of the obstructionist, anti-intellectual, Tea Party/Union controlled three-member faction that has crippled the Washington County Board of Education in the last year with a heavily partisan and radical agenda.
State records indicate that Martin has yet to open a campaign finance account with the Maryland State Board of Elections.
If elected, Martin would be an overwhelming net positive for the Washington County Board of Education and for Washington County Public Schools. Martin will help Make Education Great Again in Washington County.
The primary will be held on April 26.