The race for the Prince George’s County Board of Education District 4 seat pits a career government relations expert to an incumbent with an High school diploma.
On Election Day, residents of District 4 will have to choose between Patricia Eubanks and Abel OlivoHowever, both candidates have failed to respond on questions concerning corruption in the county and how they plan to address the issues within PGCPS in order to improve governance.
According to Washington Post, Patricia Eubanks, 55, is seeking her third term on the board. She lives in Capitol Heights; her two children are graduates of county schools.
Eubanks said her priorities include boosting early childhood education and parental involvement. She is passionate about the need for parents at every income level to be involved with schools, and says she would like to offer preschool to more children at younger ages.
Eubanks, who was endorsed by Baker, said she has taken classes at University of Maryland University College and Trinity in Washington, D.C., but does not have a college degree.
Abel Olivo, 42, a stay-at-home father of two, lives in Cheverly and has a career background in government relations. His top issues are ensuring the safety of students and increasing community and family engagement with schools.
“When someone speaks up, we need to make sure they are heard,” he said, adding that all members of the school community — principals, teachers, support staff, board members — need to be “present, engaged and responsive.”
A graduate of Ohio State University, Olivo has been an active school and community volunteer. He serves on the board of the Cheverly Parent Resource Center, and has been involved in PTA work and taught English classes at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
Prince George’s County voters are encouraged to elect Board of Education members with highest levels of ethics to help improve the county and create transparency. Forces of Corruption will not work if the voters are engaged to create better outcomes.