Halpin seeks appointment to seat he lost

He would finish term of Pine, who resigned

October 16, 2001|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

Former Columbia Councilman Kirk Halpin of Kings Contrivance is seeking appointment to the seat he lost in April's elections. The post became vacant with the resignation of Steven Pine last week.

Halpin said that if the village board appoints him to fill the rest of Pine's term, he still intends to run for Howard County Council as a Republican in District 3. The County Council election will be held in November next year. Pine served six months of a two-year term, which expires in April 2003.

"I am still running, and if I get elected in November of 2002, I'll resign [from the Columbia Council]," Halpin said. "If anyone else was appointed, it would take them a substantially longer time to get up to speed on things."

The village board will meet tomorrow to discuss and possibly vote on a replacement. Board Chairwoman Barbara Seely said yesterday that as far as she knows, Halpin has been the only person to express an interest in finishing Pine's term.

The board could appoint someone to serve until April, when a new election would be held, Seely said. But she said she thinks the board will appoint someone for the 18 months remaining in the term.

Halpin, 31, a corporate and real estate lawyer, was seeking a second two-year term when he lost to Pine, 48, in April.

Pine said last week that he was stepping down because he was frustrated by infighting on the council and because of his inability to get financial information from Columbia Association officials.

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