GOP central committee meets on Ward 5 Candidate for alderman should be announced today

September 03, 1997|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

The Republican Central Committee of Greater Annapolis was evaluating possible replacements late last night to run as the new Ward 5 aldermanic candidate after the previous candidate was disqualified.

The committee expects to formally announce the new candidate today.

While not disclosing the names of candidates being evaluated, committee chairman Riccardo Paradiso said it was important to fill the candidacy quickly after restaurant manager Timothy T. Troutner dropped out Friday when he and two other candidates were declared ineligible to run.

The new candidate chosen by the central committee will compete to be one of at least six new faces on the city's nine-member council this year. Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins is prohibited from running for a third term and five of the wards have no incumbents running for re-election.

Sheryl E. Banks, a substitute teacher for Anne Arundel County Public Schools and former chairwoman of the Black Political Forum, will be the Democratic candidate for the Ward 5 seat in the November general election. Whoever wins will replace Democratic Alderman Carl O. Snowden who held the seat for 12 years and is running for mayor.

On Friday, Democrat James M. Conley of Ward 7 and Republicans Troutner and Michael S. Hay of Ward 8 decided not to appeal a ruling by Anne Arundel County Circuit Judge Lawrence H. Rushworth which disqualified them because they did not properly register to vote.

Ward 1 resident James Vance sued to get them off the ballot, saying the City Charter requires that aldermen "shall be registered voters in the city for at least one year immediately preceding their election." It also requires that they are registered in and residents of the wards in which they are running "for at least six months immediately preceding the date of the general election."

Voter records show that Troutner registered in the city's Ward 5 on Feb. 28; Conley in Ward 7 on July 9; and Hay in Ward 8 on July 17.

Pub Date: 9/03/97

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