Council elections to begin today

Kings Contrivance chooses to hold two days of balloting

April 20, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Voting begins today in Columbia Council elections that, no matter what the outcome, will bring new blood to the board overseeing one of the nation's largest homeowners associations.

Seven of the council's 10 seats will be decided. In four of those races, incumbents are not seeking re-election.

Kings Contrivance will get a jump on the rest of Columbia by starting elections today. Under Columbia's quirky voting rules, that village opted to have two days of balloting, today and tomorrow.

Elections will be held tomorrow only in the six other villages: Dorsey's Search, Hickory Ridge, Long Reach, Oakland Mills, River Hill and Wilde Lake.

Sixteen candidates are seeking election to the council, which oversees the homeowners association that provides recreational services and sets strict housing standards for the town of 87,000. The volunteer panel has broad responsibilities, ranging from the quality of Columbia Association swimming pools to the size of its annual operating budget.

Village board elections will also be held in the seven villages, as well as in Harper's Choice, where the council term does not expire until next year. Owen Brown and Town Center, the other two villages whose council representatives are not up for election, canceled their village board elections because they are uncontested.

Voting times for tomorrow in all villages but Kings Contrivance are: Dorsey's Search, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive; Harper's Choice, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Row; Hickory Ridge, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring; Long Reach, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court; Oakland Mills, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Village Center parking lot, 5800 block of Robert Oliver Place; River Hill, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle; Wilde Lake, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wilde Lake shopping center, 10451 Twin Rivers Road.

Voting times for Kings Contrivance: 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow, Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive.

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