Elections & Nominations

MSEA's 2020 Elections

Online voting for MSEA's 2020 elections will run from January 27-February 21; the link to vote will be posted on this page during the election window. Please note that nominations are now closed. Members may vote for candidates for National Education Association (NEA) Director (1 seat), MSEA Board of Directors (4 seats), MSEA Treasurer, and delegates to the 2020 NEA RA in Atlanta. Retired members may also vote in the election for the Retired Advisory Council (2 seats).

The candidates for MSEA offices are:


Joe Coughlin, Baltimore

MSEA Board of Directors

Michelle Alexander, Montgomery
Neil Becker, Washington
Robin Beers, Anne Arundel
Donna Christy, Prince George’s
Linda Firman, Howard
Heather Goodhart, Carroll
Averill Malone, Prince George’s
Jennifer Martin, Montgomery
Colleen Morris, Howard
Katherine Mullen, Baltimore
Philimena Owona, Prince George’s

NEA Director

Erika Strauss Chavarria, Howard
Matthew Gresick, Howard
Maleeta Kitchen, Howard
Linda McLaughlin, Charles
Robin Szymanski, Carroll

2020 Candidate Biographies

Region 1
Region 2
Region 3
Region 4
Region 5
Region 6

At-Large Delegates

Board of Directors
NEA Director

2020 MSEA Candidate Videos

Below are videos that have been submitted by this year's candidates for your review and consideration. The candidates in the videos below are listed in alphabetical order. This is not a complete representation of the entire ballot. To view all of the 2020 candidates, please see the full ballot on the Election America website (link will be posted later this month). 

Michelle Alexander, Montgomery - MSEA Board of Directors Candidate

Robin Beers, Anne Arundel - MSEA Board of Directors Candidate

Donna Christy, Prince George’s - MSEA Board of Directors Candidate 

Joe Coughlin, Baltimore - MSEA Treasurer Candidate

Heather Goodhart, Carroll  - MSEA Board of Directors Candidate

Jennifer Martin, Montgomery - MSEA Board of Directors Candidate

Linda McLaughlin, Charles - NEA Director Candidate

Philimena Owona, Prince George’s - MSEA Board of Directors Candidate

Erika Strauss Chavarria, Howard - NEA Director Candidate

2020 General Election Calendar

October 16, 2019
Deadline for forms from candidates who wish to speak at the 2019 Convention.

October 18–19, 2019
Delegates and visitors hear eligible candiates speak at the 2019 Convention.

November 22, 2019
All forms due at MSEA headquarters by 5:00 p.m.

January 13, 2020
Biographies appear online.

January 27, 2020
Voting begins online at 9:00 a.m. 

February 21, 2020
Voting closes online at 5:00 p.m.

February 26, 2020
Election results validated and released.