2024 Montgomery County Board of Education Candidates

The Board is composed of eight members: five elected members, each of whom resides in a different board of education district; two elected at-large members, and one student member. With the exception of the student member, all Board members must be registered voters of Montgomery County and may not be subject to the authority of the Board.

The seven full-voting members are elected to a four-year term at the general election every two years. Four members (three by district and one at large) are elected in gubernatorial election years, and three members (two by district and one at large) are elected in presidential election years. All voters in the county vote for all elected members of the Board of Education, regardless of the candidate’s district. Notwithstanding when the ceremonial oath of office is administered, the Board member’s term begins on December 1 after the election and continues until a successor is elected and qualifies. This year’s primary election will be held on May 14th  and the general election is on November 5th.

Those who are elected in November will join current board President Karla Silvestre (At-Large) and current board members Brenda Wolff (District 5), Grace Rivera-Oven (District 1) and Julie Yang (District 3). The election for Student Member of the Board (SMOB) will take place on Wednesday, April 17th (voted on by MCPS students). Additional information on the candidates can be seen below, courtesy of the Maryland State Board of Elections website:

Board of Education At Large
Lynne Harris
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -01/30/2024

Email [email protected]
Phone (240) 462-1483
Committee Name Friends of Lynne Harris

Contact Information
12501 Valleywood Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20906-
Sharif Hidayat
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -10/31/2023

Email [email protected]
Website https://votesharif.com/
Committee Name Friends of Sharif Hidayat

Contact Information
272 Barberry Lane
Laytonsville, MD 20882-
Melissa Kim
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/01/2024

Email [email protected]
Phone (301) 202-4485
Committee Name Melissa Kim for Montgomery County

Contact Information
5603 Ridgefield Rd
Bethesda, MD 20816-
Jonathan Long
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/09/2024

Email [email protected]
Phone (703) 261-2935
Committee Name Jonathan Long Board of Education Campaign Committee

Contact Information
20400 Sunbright Ln
Germantown, MD 20874-1087
Fitzgerald Mofor
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -09/13/2023

Email [email protected]
Twitter @fitzgeraldmofor
Other fitzmofor4mcpsboe
Phone (240) 353-7808
Committee Name Friends and Family of Fitzgerald Mofor

Contact Information
19204 Aria Ct
Brookeville, MD 20833-
Rita Montoya
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/06/2024

Email [email protected]
Website www.Montoya4mcps.com
Twitter @Montoya4mcps
Other Montoya4mcps
Phone (443) 619-7360
Committee Name Friends of Rita Montoya

Contact Information
8508 Leonard Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910-5002

Board of Education District 2
Brenda M. Diaz
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/09/2024

Email [email protected]
Phone (240) 398-3291
Committee Name Friends for Brenda M. Diaz

Contact Information
P.O. Box 83572
Gaithersburg, MD 20883-
Ricky Fai Mui
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/09/2024

Email [email protected]
Website www.RickyFMui.com
Facebook Ricky_F_Mui_Works For You
Twitter @Vote4RickyFMui
Phone (202) 930-0782
Committee Name Supporters of Mui Ricky Fai

Contact Information
708 W Montgomery Ave
Rockville, MD 20850-3818
Rebecca Keller Smondrowski
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -01/24/2024

Email [email protected]
Facebook RebeccaonBoard
Twitter @RebeccaonBoard
Phone (301) 325-6246
Committee Name Friends of Rebecca Smondrowski

Contact Information
313 Tannery Drive
Gaithersburg, MD 20878-
Aby Thioye
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/07/2024

Email [email protected]
Phone (202) 997-2991
Committee Name Citizens for Mame Abibatou Thioye Sall

Contact Information
7552 Buena Vista Ter
Derwood, MD 20855-
Natalie Zimmerman
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/09/2024

Email [email protected]
Twitter @ZimmermanforBOE
Other NZimmermanforBOE
Phone (202) 734-6904
Committee Name Friends of Natalie Zimmerman

Contact Information
15309 Gable Ridge Ct Apt D
Rockville, MD 20850-

Board of Education District 4
Shebra Evans
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/09/2024

Email [email protected]
Website www.voteshebraevans.com
Facebook shebra4BOE
Twitter @shebraevans
Other shebraevans
Phone (240) 672-4554
Committee Name Friends of Shebra Evans

Contact Information
P.O. Box 9712
Silver Spring, MD 20916-
Bethany S. Mandel
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/09/2024

Email [email protected]
Website www.Bethany4BOE.com
Twitter @Bethany4BOE
Committee Name Friends of Bethany Mandel

Contact Information
P.O. Box 101
Silver Spring, MD 20902-
Laura M. Stewart
Non-PartisanJurisdiction Montgomery County
Status Active
Filed Regular -02/01/2024

Email [email protected]
Website laurastewart.org
Facebook @laura.stewart.for.boe
Phone (240) 601-9519
Committee Name Friends of Laura Stewart

Contact Information
2220 Westview Dr
Silver Spring, MD 20910-

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Sunday, April 21, 2024, 11am-4pm (held rain or shine!)

Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD 20895

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