Cohen, Hein, Maritch, Perlman-McKenna lead in primary election for school board directors
The top four vote-getters in Tuesday’s Municipal Primary for Parkland School Board Director on the Democratic side of the ticket according to unofficial numbers from the Lehigh County Voter Registation Office were: Linda Perlman-McKenna with an unofficial 1,275 votes; Marie Maritch with an unofficial 1,016 votes; Robert M. Cohen with an unofficial 988 votes and David J. Hein with an unofficial 739 votes, with just two votes topping Marc Posegay, who received an unofficial 737 votes.
The four who crossfiled also led on the Republican ballot.
Hein received an unofficial 1,411 votes; Cohen garnered an unofficial 1,290 votes; McKenna-Perlman received an unofficial 1,209 votes and Maritch earned an unofficial 1,089 votes.
Maritch has a Master’s in Business Administration in management and marketing degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree in business communications, both from DeSales University.
She is a software quality analyst for Almac Clinical Services.
“I am running for Parkland School Board because I want to help build upon Parkland’s tradition of excellence while being fiscally responsible to taxpayers,” Maritch said during the campaign. “My husband and I moved to Parkland 24 years ago because we wanted our children to attend school in a district with consistently high academic standards and performance. We made the right decision.
Perlman-McKenna earned a Bachelor of Science degree in health planning and administration from Penn State, and an M.S.P.H. in health policy and management from UNC — Chapel Hill.
Currently retired, she worked more than 14 years as a health services management professional in a variety of nonprofit settings, including health insurance, managed care, hospital and health services organizations.
She has been a resident of South Whitehall Township for 17 years where she and her husband raised two children.
Perlman-McKenna explained why she is running for school board
“I place a high value on public education, community service, and advocacy for children,” she said. “I have been a proud supporter of the Parkland School District and a dedicated volunteer serving our school community in many capacities for over 15 years.
“... I am running for school board because I would like to give back to the district by helping to ensure others are afforded the same quality educational opportunities.”
Hein, a 20-year resident South Whitehall Township, has served as Parkland School Board director from 2013 to the present.
He is a member of the Personnel and Finance Committee and is a past chairman.
A past member of the Academics, Arts, and Athletics Committee, he has served as Lehigh Career and Technical Institute Joint Operating Committee member from 2013 to the present.
Hein served on the Parkland School District Community Advisory Council with which he was past co-president and member from 2008 to 2013.
“I believe in order to be a productive member of society, you need to start with a quality public education,” Hein said during the campaign. “In order to achieve that, you need the infrastructure in place that provides the programming and the champions to promote those programs. We have that in the Parkland School District.
“I am coming to the completion of my first term as a school board director in the Parkland School District and I want to continue to be one of those champions in order to preserve what we have and grow our programs in a fiscally responsible manner.
Cohen is a graduate of William Allen High School and Pratt Institute, with a Bachelor of Architecture degree, and Technology Institute of Lehigh Valley, from which he is a Microsoft Certified Professional.
He is a retired business owner and education software consultant.
Cohen said during his campaign his qualifications for this office include being a director on the Parkland School Board for 20 years, president for four years, vice president for four years, chairman of the Academic, Arts, and Athletics Committee for four years.
He has also served on the Strategic Planning Committee, Contract Negotiation Committee, Building and Grounds Committee, Personnel and Finance Committee and Multicultural Community Outreach Committee.
The Parkland School District includes North Whitehall, South Whitehall and Upper Macungie townships; Part of Allentown, 17th Ward, 4th District and 18th Ward, 2nd District.