Howard County's Republican executive vetoed yesterday a councilmanic map approved by the council's three Democrats, saying it was unfair.
"I did not want to veto the bill," Charles I. Ecker said of his first veto in nearly a year in office. "I had hoped for a mutually agreeable plan, and I was willing to . . . work with the council, and the Democrats elected not to do it. I still think we could get together on a plan."
He said the map unfairly divided several communities and made major changes in district boundaries.
Council Chairman C. Vernon Gray, D-3rd, who sponsored the map bill, said the veto threatens Mr. Ecker's relationship with the council.