Lawyer Benoit to seek 4th District council seat


G. James Benoit, a corporate lawyer and former Army lieutenant, has announced that he will seek the 4th District Anne Arundel County Council seat that will be vacated next year by fellow Democrat Bill D. Burlison.

Benoit, 34, has served on the board of directors of the Piney Orchard Community Association since February.

A Gambrills native, he served in the military from 1995 to 2000 and earned his law degree from the University of Baltimore in 2002 and his master of law degree from Georgetown University in 2005.

Benoit said he is running because of his interest in bridging the gap between the military and the county as the Pentagon realigns military bases.

Burlison, a two-term council member who is prohibited from running for a third term, is running for the 3rd District congressional seat being vacated by Rep. Benjamin L. Cardin, a Baltimore Democrat.

The county's 4th District includes Gambrills, Millersville, Laurel and Odenton in the Fort Meade area.

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