32 people seek positions on Columbia's 10 village boards

Four races are contested in elections to be held today and tomorrow

April 23, 2004|By Laura Cadiz | Laura Cadiz,SUN STAFF

Thirty-two people are vying for seats on Columbia's 10 village boards in elections to be held today and tomorrow, but there isn't much competition.

Only four villages - Hickory Ridge, Kings Contrivance, River Hill and Long Reach - have contested races.

Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills have fewer candidates than open seats, and vacancies will be filled by appointments after the election. Owen Brown will not hold elections because it does not have a contested race.

However, the elections are more competitive compared to last year, when only Oakland Mills had a contested race.

Those low-key elections resulted in Hickory Ridge not meeting its quorum for the first time. The Columbia Council and village board candidates had to be appointed to office.

But Hickory Ridge Village Manager Jane Parrish doesn't worry this year about getting the necessary 333 votes to validate the election.

"It's always good to have a race," she said.

Kings Contrivance Village Manager Anne Dodd is also pleased that her village has its first contested race in recent years.

"I just think it's nice to have people interested in serving," she said. "And it gets a little debate where there might not have been any."

These are the candidates running for village board positions, compiled from the candidates' statements submitted to their villages; incumbents are marked with an asterisk:

Dorsey's Search

Two candidates, two open seats

Diane Turner: A 23-year resident of the village, Turner has served on the village's resident architectural committee for the past year. She has also volunteered at Worthington Elementary School for the past two years. "I have assisted in community-based youth organizations and participated in various fund-raising activities to provide help to the homeless," she wrote.

*Laurence Winston: Winston is the chair of the village's resident architectural committee and has lived in the village for eight years. Now retired, he previously held senior management positions at CVS, Linens & Things and other retail stores. "I am committed to a strong financially healthy village, the upkeep of homes and the village center and to continue making Dorsey's Search a wonderful place to live," he wrote.

Harper's Choice

One candidate, one open seat

Kathleen Rosenheim: Rosenheim has lived in Columbia since 1983 and has been involved with Longfellow Elementary School, Harper's Choice Middle School and Wilde Lake High School. She has also been a board member of the Howard County League of Women Voters. "My husband and I are very grateful for the involvement of this community in helping us raise our three children and for the quality of life we have experienced here," she wrote.

Hickory Ridge

Six candidates, five open seats

David P. Greisman. A lifelong resident of Columbia, Greisman plans to bring to the board the same "exuberance and dedication" that he does to his role as a Howard Community College student, friend and family member. " ... I feel a close bond to the people of this town, and care tremendously for the direction that we will take in the future," he wrote.

*Linda Hitzelberger: The current chair of the board, Hitzelberger is seeking her 12th term. She has testified at Columbia Association budget and Howard County Zoning Board hearings and attended many council meetings. "It is important to stay on top of covenant and zoning issues in our village and all of Columbia, and I will continue to do this," she wrote.

*Tom Louden: Louden wrote that during his tenure on the board, it has worked on covenant enforcement, and has voiced opinions about adding residential density to Town Center and rezoning Cedar Lane and Freetown Road. "This past year has been a challenging year for all of us who strive to serve you in many ways," he wrote.

*Linda Rossiter: A 12-year village resident, Rossiter wrote that while on the board she has responded to residents' concerns to keep the village "vibrant and safe. Open communication between our residents, village board, CA and local government is critical to our community's health."

*Gregg M. Schwind: Schwind noted that he and fellow board members solicited resident input to form positions on the Rouse Co.'s plan to increase Columbia's residential density, local rezoning proposals and legislation that affects Columbians. "We have made our positions known and opened lines of communication at the county and state levels that will serve us well in the future as the county changes around us," he wrote.

*David R. Zeitzer: Zeitzer is serving his fourth term on the board. He has chaired the Columbia Association's Sister City Committee, and served on the Long Reach Village Board. " ... I will continue to encourage the Columbia Council to mitigate unreasonable increases in assessments," he wrote.

Kings Contrivance

Four candidates, three open seats

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