Johnson to explore possible campaign at county or state...


October 30, 2001

Johnson to explore possible campaign at county or state level

Annapolis Mayor Dean L. Johnson announced yesterday the formation of an exploratory committee to study a possible run for elected office at the county or state level next year.

Johnson, who was defeated last month in the Republican primary in his bid for a second term as mayor, said he is considering running for state delegate, state senator, county councilman or county executive.

"At this point [we are] just evaluating everything possible," he said.

"This is part of my looking for another job," said Johnson, 57, who served two terms as an alderman from Ward 2. He took a pension cut and early retirement after more than 30 years as an economist with the U.S. Department of Transportation to become mayor of Annapolis.

"A number of people who had supported me had asked me to consider [running]. At first my answer was, `Hell no,' [but] I figured I really should take a look."

Johnson said he expects to announce his intentions in early spring.

Arundel Sierra Club endorses Moyer for mayor

The Sierra Club's Anne Arundel Group announced yesterday its endorsement of Alderman Ellen O. Moyer for mayor of Annapolis.

David Prosten, president of the local chapter, said Moyer has an "outstanding environmental record" and "goals very much in line with our organization." The group interviewed Moyer and her Republican opponent, Alderman Herbert H. McMillan, before making its choice, Prosten said at a news conference at Susan B. Campbell park at City Dock.

Moyer, who established the Annapolis Conservancy Board and the city's Greenscape program, said that if elected mayor she will work to conserve 50 acres of environmentally sensitive land in the city in permanent conservation easements through a program she dubbed "Save the Land."

Owens appoints members to minority business panel

Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens announced the appointment of 17 members to the Minority Business Enterprise Committee yesterday.

The committee advises Owens on business opportunities for female- and minority-owned companies and serves as an advocate for minority and woman business owners. Owens also reappointed nine members. Members serve two-year terms.

The committee meets the second Monday of each month in the county's Office of Central Services, 2660 Riva Road, Annapolis. Meetings are open to the public. Information: 410-222-7620.

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