8 Columbia villages to hold elections Saturday

Competition is slim for village boards, council

April 24, 2003|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Eight of Columbia's 10 villages will hold elections Saturday to choose representatives for the village boards, and seven of those villages will also vote on Columbia Council candidates.

Seven seats are open on the Columbia Council, which governs the Columbia Association and also acts as its board of directors.

Only Long Reach has a contested race, with David Hlass, 48, a retired military officer and pilot, challenging incumbent Linda Odum, 61, the council's vice chairwoman, who is a real estate agent.

In the village board elections, there is competition for seats only in Oakland Mills, where six candidates are running for five seats.

Owen Brown and Town Center are not holding elections because of uncontested village board races.

Those candidates will be appointed to the boards. Kings Contrivance also will hold balloting tomorrow night.

The council candidates in the uncontested races are: incumbent Miles Coffman, 53, of Hickory Ridge, who is the council chairman and a vice president for Allfirst; Cabell Greenwood, 46, of River Hill, who works in account management and sales for financial services; incumbent Joshua Feldmark, 28, of Wilde Lake, executive director of the Center for Environmental Citizenship, a Washington-based, nonprofit organization; Phil Marcus, 61, of Kings Contrivance, a consulting software developer; incumbent Tom O'Connor, 51, of Dorsey's Search, an independent electronic production equipment sales representative; incumbent Barbara Russell, 62, of Oakland Mills, a senior administrative analyst for the Howard County Council.

In the race for the Oakland Mills Village Board, the candidates are: Calvin Ball, David Gardner, Werner Gruhl, David Hatch, William C. Woodcock Jr. and Kittye S. Wright.

Here are the times and places to vote:

Dorsey's Search: From 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the village center in Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive. One vote is allowed per household, and voters must have been a resident since at least March 1 of last year.

Harper's Choice: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the village center near Columbia Bank. One vote is allowed per property.

Hickory Ridge: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Hawthorn Center, 6175 Sunny Spring. One vote is allowed per household (owner or tenant).

Kings Contrivance: From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the village center at Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive. One vote is allowed per resident, who must be at least 18.

Long Reach: From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the village center. One vote is allowed per owner or tenant.

Oakland Mills: From 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place. One vote per household.

River Hill: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Giant Food in the village center, or, if the weather is inclement, inside Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle. One vote is allowed per resident, who must be at least 18.

Wilde Lake: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the village center, near Columbia Bank. One vote is allowed per property (owner or tenant).

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