Few compete for election in villages

All but four races for boards are no contest

April 11, 2002|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Only four of the races for Columbia's 10 village boards this year are contested.

The villages of Wilde Lake, Oakland Mills, Dorsey's Search and Hickory Ridge all have multiple candidates vying for slots during the April 19 and 20 elections.

Town Center, however, will not hold elections because the two candidates - Edwin B. Knauft and incumbent Gwendolyn Christopher - are running unopposed for the open two board seats.

In Kings Contrivance, Jennifer Terrasa is the only candidate running and there are three open slots. An incumbent, Terrasa said she has spent most of her time recently trying to recruit people for the other seats rather than campaigning.

Village Manager Anne Dodd said that despite there being only one candidate, the village still needs 116 votes for its election quorum to be met. She said the remaining open seats will be filled by appointment after May 1, and the village is seeking letters of interest from residents.

Following are brief descriptions of the 33 candidates running for village board positions. Except for Terrasa, all the information was compiled from the candidates' statements. Terrasa's information is from an interview.

Dorsey's Search

Three candidates are running for two slots.

Brian DeLawder: A member of the Resident Architectural Committee for the past year and a half, DeLawder said he is familiar with traffic issues and has served on a traffic committee. "In my profession as a construction manager for a commercial builder, I am experienced in financial management and contract administration," he wrote.

Marshall Rudo: Vice president of the Dorsey Hall Townhome community board, Rudo wants to ensure the village's character is preserved. A civil engineer, he opposes commercial development on Old Annapolis Road. "I worry about the increase in traffic and question the need," he wrote.

Berta Steiner: A board member for four years, Steiner is vice chairwoman. She also has chaired the Traffic Action Committee for a year. She said the committee advocated pedestrian crosswalks for Dorsey Hall Drive and is now working to have limited-sight signs in the areas of Columbia Road and Old Dragon Path. "I am opposed to the proposed Dorsey Crossing LLC strip mall development because of traffic, safety, environmental, and quality of life issues," she wrote.

Harper's Choice

Two candidates running for two slots.

Cynthia A.S.H. Coyle: She served as a Navy officer for more than 22 years and has been an independent health care consultant for two years. She said she has an MBA and many years of experience in reviewing, writing and implementing policy. "With the changing economic environment, a review of the community policies and procedures is needed," she wrote.

Joy Rose: She has been a board member for two years and served as chairwoman this past year. She said her primary goal has been to further residents' quality of life. She has represented the village's community issues by serving on the Howard County Revitalization Committee. " ... I am sincerely dedicated to the mission of perpetuating the Columbia Vision as put forth by its founder," she wrote.

Hickory Ridge

Six candidates are running for five slots.

Pamila Brown: The current chairwoman of the board is running for a seventh term. She was appointed this month to the Howard County District Court bench. "I am pleased to report that our facility has been renovated, the new village-wide signs are in place and the traffic committee projects are implemented," she wrote.

Linda Hitzelberger: A member of the board for nine years, Hitzelberger said she is most excited about the renovation of the center this year. "Over the past nine years on the Board, I have listened to the residents and voted on your behalf," she wrote, mentioning issues such as covenant and traffic concerns.

Tom Louden: This was Louden's first year on the board, during which, he said, he was involved in issues including covenant enforcement, open-space maintenance and tree and sign replacement. "Also, my extensive work experience in facilities management is an asset I bring to the Board," he wrote.

Robert O'Brien: He said he will work to get a heated pool at Hawthorn Center and will attempt to eliminate the requirement to walk cats on a leash. "I will work to receive more services from the county government especially [for the] replacement of broken sidewalks," he wrote.

Linda Rossiter: She is running for her fifth term on the board. She served on the Resident Architectural Committee before her board tenure. "I will continue to stress covenant enforcement, preservation and renewal of our neighborhoods, reduction in crime and [the] community's health," she wrote.

David Zeitzer: He hopes to be elected for a third term to the board. He has been chairman of the Sister Cities Committee as well as a member of the Long Reach Village Board. "During previous terms, I strongly supported the Village covenant enforcement programs and the full CA funding of employee benefits for Village employees," he wrote.

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