Chenowith reveals she has leukemia

May 07, 2006|By JUSTIN FENTON | JUSTIN FENTON,SUN REPORTER

Councilwoman Veronica "Roni" L. Chenowith said Friday that she has been hospitalized and is undergoing testing and treatment for leukemia.

Chenowith, a Republican who has served on the council since 1994, said the leukemia was diagnosed in April. She expects to be released from Johns Hopkins Hospital next week. She said she still intends to run for re-election.

"I've never backed down from a fight, and I'm sure not going to back down from this one," she said in a news release. "Helping the people of Harford County is one of the greatest joys in my life, and I definitely want to continue my work for another term."

Chenowith was hospitalized April 27. An absence would leave the seven-member council with five members to preside over budget deliberations in the next few weeks. Councilman Robert G. Cassilly, a Republican from Bel Air, was deployed to Iraq recently.

"The most important thing for her to do is tackle her own health," said Council President Robert S. Wagner, a Republican.

Chenowith represents Fallston, Joppa and Abingdon. She faces two opponents this fall: Democrat Valerie Twanmoh and Republican Kevin Patrick Kane.

justin.fenton@baltsun.com

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