Dean L. Johnson becomes mayor of Annapolis today

December 01, 1997|By Dan Thanh Dang | Dan Thanh Dang,SUN STAFF

Dean L. Johnson will be sworn in as mayor of Annapolis at 2 p.m. today at Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts.

Johnson, a Republican who was an alderman from Ward 2 for eight years, pulled off an easy victory in the general election last month over Democratic opponent Dennis M. Callahan by more than 700 votes.

The former U.S. Department of Transportation economist takes over from city native Alfred A. Hopkins, a Democrat who ends a 32-year political career today. It is the first time the city has elected a Republican mayor since 1981, when Richard L. Hillman led the city council.

A native of Pullman, Wash., Johnson lived in Annapolis for 25 years after graduating from Washington State University with a bachelor's degree in economics.

He made his mark in the city serving on boards for the Annapolis Opera Company, Annarundel County Trust for Historic Preservation and Annapolis Regional Transportation Association, among others. A former independent, Johnson quit his Department of Transportation job in the summer so he could run in a partisan election without violating federal civil service laws.

In the Republican primary, Johnson easily defeated his colleague on the city council, Alderman M. Theresa DeGraff of Ward 7, who was later criticized by city voters for running a negative campaign.

Today's events will move to City Hall after the swearing-in ceremony to give the public a chance to meet the rest of the council, which includes:

Incumbent Democratic aldermen Louise Hammond of Ward 1, Samuel Gilmer of Ward 3 and Ellen O. Moyer of Ward 8.

Democrats Sheila M. Tolliver of Ward 2 and Cynthia Carter of Ward 6, who waged a successful write-in campaign against Republican James R. Lucas. Both are new to the council.

Republicans Joseph Sachs of Ward 4, Herb McMillan of Ward 5 and Michael E. Fox of Ward 7.

Republicans had a strong showing this year by running contested races in every ward.

This city of about 34,000 pays its mayor $52,000 and its part-time aldermen $8,500.

Pub Date: 12/01/97

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