Michael T. Brown, an unsuccessful Annapolis City Council and General Assembly candidate, has been elected chairman of the Democratic City Central Committee.
The committee elected Brown by a 5-to-4 vote Tuesday night. He defeated Jinx Hubbard, a longtime city Democrat who previously had served three years as committee chairman. Hubbard was elected vice chairman.
Outgoing chairman Steve Yaniga announced his resignation from the committee effective April 3, when Brown will assume the post. Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins has recommended Bill Amos,a Republican-turned-Democrat who worked on Hopkins' 1989 mayoral campaign, to fill Yaniga's at-large seat.
FOR THE RECORD - A story in yesterday's paper incorrectly identified Susan Davies of the Democratic City Central Committee in Annapolis.
Davies represents Ward 1.
In a speech to the committee before the vote, Brown said he wanted to bring "new blood" to the party leadership.
"I'm looking forward to doing a bang-up job in the city," Brown said. "I want to bring young people into the party, raise some money and bring the Democratic Party back into the forefront."
Brown worked on Hopkins' mayoral campaign but since then has been a persistent critic of the city administration. However, he and other committee members said the vote was not a criticism of the city administration.
"It was a friendly vote," Brown said. "We're just agroup of persons working together to bring the Democratic Party backin front."
The chairman's job is largely ceremonial and entails presiding over meetings and appointing committees. "The chairman couldtry and guide votes, but this is a pretty independent group," said Ward 4 member Susan Davies, who was elected secretary.
Brown, 36, works as a senior agent for the state Division of Parole and Probation. He ran unsuccessfully for the City Council in 1989 and for the House of Delegates in 1990. After the 1989 city election, county and state investigators found evidence that three absentee ballots cast in his name were fraudulent, but they did not find evidence to link the ballots to Brown.