Council, village candidates will speak at forum

April 08, 2003|By Laura Cadiz

In the only contested race for the Columbia Council, Linda Odum and David Hlass tonight will share their views on Columbia issues during a candidates' forum as they vie for the Long Reach seat on the council.

Odum and Hlass are running for a two-year term on the Columbia Council, which governs the 95,000-resident Columbia Association and also acts as its board of directors.

The candidates forum will take place at 7 p.m. in the Tamar Room at Stonehouse, 8775 Cloudleap Court.

Odum, 61, is seeking her second term on the council and is serving as its vice chairwoman. She has lived in Columbia for 33 years and works as a real estate agent.

In her two years on the council, she said she has worked on improving the relations between villages and the Columbia Association, implementing the council's long-term strategy-making process and reducing the association's debt.

"Now that I've gotten my arms around the issues and have a grip on the financial end and the budget ... I'd like to dedicate another two years to it," Odum said.

Hlass, 48, has lived in Columbia for 13 years and is a retired military officer and pilot.

He said residents should have more of a say about how their property lien - 73 cents per $100 of valuation on 50 percent of the fair market value - is spent by the association.

"If the homeowners association is for the people, let's take the opinions and views of the people," he said. "I'd like to voice and resolve the needs of the people within the village, represent them on a proactive basis."

Also at the candidates' forum, the lone candidate for the Long Reach Village Board, Victor Bailey, will discuss village issues. Two seats are open on the village board, and the remaining open seat will later be filled by appointment.

Bailey is a member of the board and has lived in the village since 1979. While on the board, he has served on its open space and residential architecture committees.

The Long Reach elections will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 26 at Stonehouse. One vote is allowed per owner or tenant.

Information: Stonehouse at 410-730-8113.

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