Melinda Hamilton, an insurance executive and Annapolis resident, has announced she is running for the 6th District County Council seat being vacated by Democrat Maureen Lamb.
Ms. Lamb is prohibited from running for another term by the county's term limit law.
Ms. Hamilton, a Democrat, worked for more than 10 years as an executive with the New York Life Insurance Co. and has been an independent insurance consultant since August.
She serves on the board of directors of Chrysalis House, a residential drug and alcohol treatment facility for women, and is chairwoman of the new construction committee.
She has served on the boards of the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County YWCA and the Arundel Lodge, which offers mental health services.
Ms. Hamilton is a past president of the Annapolis Elementary School PTA and has served on the citizens advisory committees of Annapolis Elementary and Bates Junior High School.
She said that if elected to the council, she will focus on improving the quality of education, enforcing the adequate facilities law and developing a comprehensive criminal justice plan.
She also urges the county to pursue increased recycling and reduction of trash instead of building a solid waste incinerator.
Council to consider new tax district
A bill that would create a Special Community Benefits District in Cedarhurst-on-the-Bay in Shady Side will be introduced during tonight's County Council meeting.
The tax district was approved by the council in November, but County Executive Robert R. Neall vetoed it, along with a bill creating a tax district at Rugby Hall Estates in Arnold, because he said it was unclear whether they complied with federal regulations requiring access for the disabled.
County officials said that they have discussed modifications to community property to allow handicapped access and that plans have been drawn up to make those modifications.
The fees collected by the tax district will be used to acquire and maintain property for community piers, storage sheds and a community association building.
The association also would use money to buy equipment to maintain its beaches, parks, playground areas, parking lots, and community-owned piers and parking lots, and for pest control.