Annapolis alderman defeated in Republican primary race

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September 21, 2005|By Annie Linskey | Annie Linskey,sun reporter

Billing herself as "the real Republican," Laura Townsend unseated incumbent Annapolis Alderman Michael W. Fox in otherwise lackluster primary elections yesterday in Maryland's capital city.

There was no contest at the top of the party tickets, with incumbent Mayor Ellen O. Moyer the lone Democrat and Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. the lone Republican seeking her job. But they will vie in a three-way race with Independent Gilbert T. Renaut in the Nov. 8 general election.

Four of the city's eight wards had uncontested elections for city council.

In Ward 7, Townsend defeated fellow Republican Fox, 106-71, according to last night's still-unofficial tally. With no Democratic candidate for the seat, she likely will become the ward's alderwoman when the new council is seated Dec. 5.

In Ward 3, Alderwoman Classie G. Hoyle defeated Michael "Scott" Bowling in the Democratic primary and also faces no opposition in November.

The other contested primaries were in Wards 1 and 2, for open seats on the council. In Ward 1, Democrat Richard E. Israel defeated Alice O. Johnson and will face Republican Douglas Burkhardt, who was unopposed in the primary.

In Ward 2, where both parties had contests yesterday, Debbie R. McKerrow, founder of a citizens organization to "preserve quality of life" there, defeated longtime city activist Joseph Simms in the Democratic primary. Naval Academy alumnus Michael I. Christman beat David A. Hanson and Robert H. Eades in a three-way GOP primary.

In the wards with uncontested council seats, voter turnout was "horrendously low," said Allen Furth, a member of the city board of elections. Eight people voted in one of Ward 5's two precincts, according to unofficial results, while 30 voted in the other.

Furth said voter turnout was about 20 percent in areas with contested races, which he described as normal for an Annapolis city primary. In Ward 1, incumbent Louise Hammond chose not to seek another term. while incumbent Ward 2 Alderwoman Sheila M. Tolliver was planning to move away from the city within a few years. Official results are expected this week.

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