Student Member of the Board - Election Process



Meet the Candidates

Two finalists for the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) were selected by students at the February 12 nominating convention. Secondary students will cast their votes for next year’s SMOB on May 20, 2020.


Nick Asante is a junior at Richard Montgomery High School



Victoria Kidder is junior at Col. Zadok Magruder High School.


To learn more about each candidate, read the official MCPS SMOB Candidate Profiles.

Watch the "Meet the Candidates" video to hear from each candidate and learn about their positions on key issues for students.


Listen to the SMOB Candidates share how they are managing social distancing and distance learning while schools are closed.



Candidate and Election Timeline


The Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB) election that was originally scheduled for April 22, 2020 has now been scheduled for May 20, 2020. Considering the extended closure of schools due to the Covid-19 virus, we have worked diligently to provide students with access to information about each candidate and the ability to vote online. Depending on the conditions that we return to schools, we have 2 plans that we will follow to ensure that the process for the election of a Montgomery County official is no longer impacted by school closures.

Updated SMOB Election Details

Week of April 17th: Secondary students will receive Email #1 informing them of the new election day. Email will include candidate profiles and the "Meet The Candidates" video.

Week of May 20th: Secondary students will receive Email #2 containing election ballot link and individualized voting credentials as assigned by VoteNet, the vendor who runs the official ballot.

May 20, 2020
8:00 am–6:00 pm
In student homes  At-Home Election Day:
  • Students will go to their MCPS emails, open the ballot and vote during the election window.
  • Students will email special SMOB Election dropbox ( if they have any access issues.
SMOB Candidate Nomination Filing January 2-24, 2020
  • SMOB candidate nomination filing closes on January 24, 2020 at 5 pm.
  • Candidate nomination form can be found in the SMOB Election Protocols (pages 26-27).
  • Completed forms should be scanned and emailed to Mrs. Shella Cherry, Coordinator, Student Leadership & Volunteers at:
Mandatory SMOB Candidate Meeting January 28, 2020
  • Carver Educational Service Center (Room TBD)
  • Original, completed and signed forms from SMOB candidates are due at this meeting. 
  • Candidates meet with Special Elections Committee and the current SMOB to review the election process, protocols and expectations, and the job and current work of the SMOB.
SMOB Candidate Profiles are due January 31, 2020
  • SMOB candidate profiles should be emailed to Mrs. Shella Cherry, Coordinator, Student Leadership & Volunteers at: by 5:00 pm to be included to in the SMOB Nominating Convention Candidate Profiles document.
  • SMOB candidate profiles must include:
  1. Student name, grade, school
  2. Picture
  3. Answers to 3 questions shared at the January 28, 2020 mandatory SMOB candidate meeting.
Mandatory SMOB Candidate Nomination Convention Review Meeting February 10, 2020, 4-7 pm
  • Carver Educational Service Center (Room TBD)
  • SMOB candidates submit the following for review at this meeting:
  1. Copies of stickers, posters, flyers that will be handed out at the Nominating Convention
  2. Financial report (page 31 of the SMOB Election Protocols)
  3. Names and permission forms of the 5 members of the campaign team
  4. Presentation slides for Nominating Convention speech
  5. Speech talking points
SMOB Nominating Convention
February 12, 2020
(Snow date: February 19)
  • Watkins Mill High School
  • SMOB Candidates and campaign teams may arrive as early as 8:30 am, but may not hang posters until 9:00 am.
  • All posters must be removed before the first round results are shared.
"Meet the Candidates" Experience TBD
  • SMOB finalists participate in a recorded Meet the Candidates experience to include a question and answer component that all secondary students will view.
SMOB Candidate Nomination Filing January 2-24, 2020
  • Nomination Forms should be scanned and emailed to Mrs. Shella Cherry, Coordinator, Student Leadership & Volunteers at: by January 24, 2020 at 5 pm.
SMOB Nominating Convention
February 12, 2020
(Snow date: February 19)
  • Watkins Mill High School
Early Election Day April 17, 2020
  • Only schools with extreme hardships will be approved to host their elections on early election day (ex. Outdoor Education).
  • School SGA advisors and administration must request this date in writing to Mrs. Shella Cherry, Coordinator, Student Leadership & Volunteers via email: by April 3, 2020.
Election Day May 20, 2020
  • Election polls open at 7:30 am and close at 3:30 pm.
  • Results will be shared with finalists and made public at 5:30 pm.
SMOB Swearing-In Ceremony TBD
  • Approximate date July 6, 2020



Overview of Election Process

The following is the usual sequence of events for the election of the student member of the Board of Education:

May – September

The MCR president designates the election administrator who chairs the special elections committee.

October – December

Membership for the special election committee is solicited. All MCPS students in middle school through grade 12 are eligible to be members of the committee. Each high school should have at least one student serving on the committee.


An informational meeting is conducted for students interested in learning more about the position of SMOB. Advertising and application materials are sent to high schools.

Students who are residents of Montgomery County, are regularly enrolled in a Montgomery County public school, and are either sophomores or juniors are eligible to run for SMOB. Filing forms are available through local student government organizations, the Student Leadership Unit, or on the Web. Candidates may nominate themselves or be nominated by others. The student leadership coordinator signs as the administrator after verifying the student's grade and enrollment in MCPS. Only complete applications submitted by the deadline will be considered. There is a mandatory candidates' meeting held at the end of January or beginning of February.

February – March

There is a selection/election of nominating convention delegates by local schools. If more than two SMOB candidates file, a convention is convened. Otherwise, half day town meetings are held. Either way, delegate selection/elections may be necessary.

Nominating Convention: During the nominating convention, there are two sets of balloting. The primary ballot narrows the field to half of the candidates. The second, preferential ballot, selects the final two candidates. If there are four or fewer candidates, only one ballot is needed.


Training sessions for local school election officials are conducted as needed (optional attendance). Schools can train student election officials by reviewing the movies and documents listed above.

General Election takes place on the last Wednesday of the month and every secondary student in grades 6–12 in MCPS is eligible to vote following all proper election protocols. There is also an "early voting" day approximately 5–6 days before the election to allow for students who will not be in school on election day (ex: 6th grade outdoor education).

Local student government support, assistance, and cooperation is needed to assure the success of the election each year.

Attention to the following is required:

  • Assuring that students are aware of the filing period, who is eligible to file for office, and who may nominate candidates.
  • Scheduling and administering the timely election of nominating convention/town meeting delegates.
  • Educating the voting population - airing the TV show, "Meet the Candidates," to all students and distributing the voters guide in multiple languages.
  • Conducting the election following all protocols on election day.



MCR Special Elections Committee

Middle and high school students are needed to serve on the Special Elections Committee. This committee handles the logistical details for running the election of the Student Member of the Board of Education (SMOB), a public official. Evening meetings run October – May.

It is imperative that the SEC has representation from EVERY high school and middle school representation is HIGHLY encouraged. Schools could form their own committee for running the SMOB election and have these students rotate attendance at the county meetings. This would be a great way to get a head start on your school’s election participation and serve on the SEC. This important committee handles the election logistics of a public official and is one of the few real civic educational opportunities in which students participate. Please actively recruit students at your school to join the SEC! Student service learning hours are applicable.