CAPA PAC is delighted to announce our endorsement for Sezin Palmer as the district 4 representative on the Howard County Board of Education. Ms. Palmer grew up in Howard county in a first-generation immigrant family. Her father served in the U.S. Army upon arrival in the U.S.. From a humble family background, she understands deeply how education can change people’s life. She was the first in her family to attend college earning BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. She is currently an executive leading a healthcare technology organization that employs over 200 staff and managing more than 50 million yearly operating budget. Ms. Palmer is the mother of two HCPSS students and has been an active member in PTAs and Boosters for 10 years and served in leadership roles for years. She has attended and testified at BOE meetings on various issues from budget to redistricting.

Ms. Palmer wrote the first op-ed published in Baltimore Sun in August where she said redistricting was not the right approach to address diversity or the opportunity gap. She believes redistricting should only be used to address school capacity issues. Ms. Palmer believes strongly that all children should be given the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential. She wants to fix the problems with special needs education, focusing on adequate training for educators and assistants. She also wants to ensure GT programs are fully funded as we need all children to thrive in HCPSS. Ms. Palmer wants to cut waste in administration and other areas like transportation and new initiatives that don’t directly support educational outcomes. She will focus on preserving programs that are focused on outcomes for all levels of student education.

HCPSS is facing profound challenges with growing student population, crowded schools, frequent redistricting turmoil, chronic dissatisfaction of parents, and the fiscal fiasco with a deep health fund deficit. We need someone like Ms. Palmer, who has proven ability to develop and deliver solutions to complex problems and lead transformational changes in a large organization, on the Board of Education to help plan and manage budget with discipline, and to guide the school system through this difficult time. Please join us in supporting Sezin Palmer for BOE representing district 4 of Howard County!

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