ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

June 18, 1993

Snowden seeks 3rd term, not Mayor Hopkins' job

Surrounded by more than 200 supporters, Annapolis Alderman Carl O. Snowden announced his bid for re-election last night, ending months of speculation over whether he would run for mayor.

A jubilant Mr. Snowden told the crowd of relatives, supporters and politicians at the American Legion post on Forest Drive that he was seeking his third and last term on the Annapolis City Council.

The Ward 5 Democrat and civil rights activist expressed interest this year in challenging Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins. Political observers say he may run for mayor in 1997, or seek the seat on the Anne Arundel County Council now held by Maureen Lamb, a Democrat from Annapolis who is stepping down next year. Mr. Snowden has also talked about running for the state legislature.

Last night, after Mayor Hopkins crooned "Happy Birthday" to him, Mr. Snowden cited his accomplishments during his last two terms as alderman. He pushed for an affordable housing project in his ward and drafted pioneering laws against sexual harassment and stalking.

"The people of this community have always stood with me in the toughest times," he told the crowd who came to pay tribute to him on his 40th birthday.

Mr. Snowden said he wants to spend the next four years battling the city's continuing drug problems and trying to resolve racial problems.

Like the Rev. Jesse Jackson, who was scheduled to speak but did not attend the gathering last night, Mr. Snowden said he wants "to reach out to all segments of our community" to "put together a multiracial coalition."

Press conference set on Circuit Courthouse

Annapolis business leaders who have been lobbying to keep the county Circuit Courthouse downtown have scheduled a news conference for 2 p.m. today.

Penny Chandler, executive director of the Greater Annapolis Chamber of Commerce, plans to discuss the proposed $43 million expansion and renovation of the historic courthouse on Church Circle.

Last week, the Annapolis Historic District Commission expressed strong reservations about the size and scale of the proposed courthouse.

The commission approved the concept of building the courthouse at the Church Circle location, as well as the use of Annapolis brick and stone to construct the building. It also agreed that the county could build a 250,000-square-foot courthouse and a 30,000-square-foot underground garage.

But commission members were troubled by the size of the proposed building, which would take up most of the block. They asked county officials and architect Howard I. Melton to come back to the commission Tuesday with a building design that better relates to the surrounding buildings in the Historic District.

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