Coffman, O'Connor to run again

Columbia Association board elections are scheduled for April 21

March 21, 2007|By Tyrone Richardson | Tyrone Richardson,sun reporter

Initially uncertain about whether they would seek another term, Tom O'Connor, chairman of the Columbia Association board of directors, and Miles Coffman, board member representing Hickory Ridge, announced yesterday they are seeking re-election to the 10-member policymaking panel of the homeowners association, which provides recreational amenities and manages open space for the about 100,000 residents.

Elections are scheduled for April 21.

"There are jobs not quite done," Coffman said. "I look at the new governance structure, and we have made good progress on that. But one more year, and the committee process will really be in place."

Coffman was hesitant about seeking another term because of resistance from board members who opposed awarding association President Maggie J. Brown the contract extension she has requested.

"The two sides was a major factor," Coffman said about his hesitation in seeking another term. "But, I hope there are some real changes on that."

The board has been deadlocked on whether to give Brown a three-year deal she has requested. Five board members have said Brown should get a one-year contract so that the association could conduct a nationwide search for her replacement. Brown's contract expires April 30.

Coffman is seeking his eighth one-year term and will face Marvin Lawson, a pest-control firm consultant and retired military officer, in the election.

O'Connor, a sales representative for an electronic production equipment company, was unsure about seeking re-election because of the time it has been taking from his job.

But O'Connor said yesterday that he would seek another term in part because of community support.

"I had a lot of people telling me I needed to run," said O'Connor, who is seeking his fourth two-year term.

The deadline for candidacy submissions in the Dorsey's Search election is today.

Recently, Phil Marcus of Kings Contrivance and Patrick von Schlag of River Hill announced they would not seek another term on the board.

Marcus, a lawyer, said he has decided to devote more time to his job and family. Von Schlag, a technology consultant, has similar reasons for not seeking another term.

Seven seats on the board are up for re-election. Henry F. Dagenais of Long Reach, Philip Kirsch of Wilde Lake and Barbara L. Russell of Oakland Mills will seek another term.

Pearl Atkinson-Stewart of Owen Brown, Gail Broida of Town Center and Cynthia Coyle of Harper's Choice are each completing the first year of a two-year term.

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