Columbia candidates forum slated

Council hopefuls invited to gather Saturday

April 10, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

A community group and a congregation are asking Columbia Council candidates to participate in a public forum Saturday, one week before council elections.

Members of the African American Coalition of Howard County and St. John Baptist Church said they were contacting candidates yesterday to invite them to the forum. The question-and-answer session is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the Howard County Board of Education headquarters on Route 108 in Ellicott City.

Members of the coalition and church spoke out during the recent search for a Columbia Association president, complaining that the process was tainted by racism.

Seventeen people are running for seven open Columbia Council seats in the villages of Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Long Reach, Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, Dorsey's Search and River Hill. The races in Dorsey's Search and River Hill are uncontested.

Elections will be held April 21. Polls will also be open April 20 in Kings Contrivance, which decided under Columbia's unusual voting rules to have two days of voting.

Information: 410-992-6977.

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