Romero won’t seek re-election

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Gabriel Romero will not run for a second term on the Montgomery County school board, because of the demands of his architectural firm, The RKtects Studio Inc., he said Tuesday.

‘‘Over the past three years we have been fortunate to experience a marked increase in business, and the practice now demands far more of my time and attention than I would be able to devote while serving a second term on the Board of Education,” he said in a statement.

Romero (Dist. 1) of Montgomery Village was facing a challenge from Judy Docca, a former principal at Argyle Middle School in Silver Spring.

‘‘I hope that with my decision not to seek re-election, more candidates will emerge from District 1,” Romero said.

Romero is the first county board member whose term expires this year not to seek re-election.

Board President Charles Haughey (At large) of Rockville has said he plans to stand for re-election.

Board members Nancy Navarro (Dist. 5) of Silver Spring and Patricia B. O’Neill (Dist. 3) of Bethesda have filed for candidacy in their respective districts.