Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins, a Democrat, stirred a small political tempest in Annapolis a few weeks ago when he nominated a former Republican mayor to serve on the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.
And even though fellow Democrats protested Monday night, he stood by his choice of Richard L. Hillman to fill a vacant seat on the panel. The City Council voted to table the appointment, prolonging the wrangling for two weeks.
The four Democrats on the council complained that Mr. Hillman favored restrictive zoning measures and upset downtown business leaders while he was in office from 1981 to 1985. Aldermen Carl O. Snowden, D-Ward 5, and Samuel Gilmer, D-Ward 3, also argued that the advisory board is not diverse enough and urged the mayor to appoint a black member.