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Malcolm Funn, Calvert activist and member of the State Board of Elections, dies at 77

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland— Malcolm L. Funn, one of two Democratic members of the State Board of Elections, died suddenly on July 26 of surgical complications at the age of 77.

During his lifetime, Funn served on the Calvert County Planning Commission and the County Liquor Control Board, as First Vice President of the Calvert County NAACP, and on several other local boards.

One of the state organizations Funn was involved with was Strong Schools Maryland.

“Malcolm Funn brought so much light to the organizing spaces he occupied,” the organization said. said on his Twitter. “The entire Strong Schools Maryland collective mourns his passing. Malcolm was a voice of leadership in the many organizations where he advocated for justice, including the Board of Elections.

When he was a small child, Funn’s family moved to Calvert County when his father became principal of William Sampson Brooks High School. After graduating from Brooks, Funn attended Virginia State University and later Bowie State College.

In the early 1970s, he graduated from the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University and then went to work for the federal government. He married his wife Annette in the 1960s.

During the 1990s, the Funns moved to Calvert County, residing in Chesapeake Beach. Both became very active in the community. Annette Funn died in July 2016.

Malcolm Funn served on Calvert’s planning commission and liquor board. In 2017, Governor Hogan appointed him to the State Commission on African American History and Culture. Funn was recently named to the Calvert Health System Board of Directors. Funn is survived by a son and a brother.

Calvert NAACP President Michael Kent also released a statement upon his passing:

Funn’s unexpected death comes at a critical time for the state board of elections as the board of elections attempts to certify the July 19 primary results and establish rules and procedures for the upcoming general election.

Along with the certification of the results and the preparation for the next elections, his death leaves the council in a deeper imbalance. By law, state and local election boards have three members from the governor’s political party and two from other parties, so the state board currently has three Republicans and one Democrat.

Each vote must pass with a super-majority; with only four members, every vote must now be unanimous. Currently, it is unclear whether Governor Hogan can name a replacement.

State law prevents a term governor from appointing key agencies after the last primary election in his term, state officials said.

The election commission’s status as an independent agency complicates the issue, state officials said.

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