Snowden sues Jones for slander Both candidates lost Democratic primary in the mayoral race

November 06, 1997|By Andrea F. Siegel | Andrea F. Siegel,SUN STAFF

Unsuccessful Annapolis mayoral candidate Carl O. Snowden is suing another unsuccessful Annapolis mayoral candidate for $1 million, claiming Sylvanus Jones made slanderous remarks that helped cost him the Democratic nomination.

Snowden, outgoing Ward 5 alderman, filed a lawsuit yesterday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, claiming that Jones "falsely accused" him of defacing Jones' campaign posters with swastikas during the summer.

As a result of the accusations about the swastikas, Snowden said, he "suffered great injury to his reputation as a civil rights activist," lost the primary and has suffered tremendous emotional distress.

"My whole life has been spent fighting this kind of activity," Snowden said. He said the accusation that he committed hate crimes against Jones was "absurd."

Calling the lawsuit "baseless" and a "political ploy," Jones said, "He wasn't going to win anyway. That's a whole lot of nonsense." Jones said he had not seen the suit.

The primary was won by Dennis M. Callahan, who lost Tuesday's mayoral election to Ward 2 Republican Alderman Dean L. Johnson.

Jones said yesterday he began the race as the front-runner, but his signs were removed -- one 14 times from the same spot -- his posters defaced and his support undermined by what he considered improper tactics.

In mid-June, dozens of Jones signs were spray-painted with black swastikas. Jones blamed Snowden for his signs being defaced.

Later, vandals drew a black swastika on the window of Snowden's campaign headquarters.

No arrests were made.

Snowden said the issue at stake is not the money.

"I just want to set the record straight," he said. "I felt and still feel even in campaigns, there have to be limits."

Pub Date: 11/06/97

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