Columbia Association, Owen Brown board members to run for new terms

Kirsch, board chairman, will seek fifth 1-year term

Stewart, nearly 20-year veteran, expects to run for 2-year stint

March 09, 2010|By Larry Carson | | Baltimore Sun reporter

Philip Kirsch of Wilde Lake intends to run for a fifth one-year term on the Columbia Association Board of Directors in next month's elections, he said Monday, and Owen Brown's veteran board member Pearl Atkinson-Stewart says she expects to run for a new two-year term.

Kirsch, who is board chairman this year, had flirted with the idea of running for Wilde Lake Village Board instead to deal with the redevelopment of the ailing village center, but decided not to.

"There are good people running for village board, so I didn't think I had to," Kirsch said.

Atkinson Stewart has represented Owen Brown for nearly 20 years, she said, and wants another term.

"I'm still interested because we're still building Columbia," she said, referring to plans for a 30-year makeover for downtown. She also wants to continue to oversee the dredging of Lake Elkhorn and the implementation of the new watershed management plan across Columbia, she said.

All the other eight board members have said they want to continue serving and Suzanne Waller of Town Center is already considered "elected," since no one else filed for that CA board seat.

Additionally, there are no elections this year in Long Reach, King's Contrivance, Dorsey's Search and River Hill. Each village has different deadlines for candidates who want to run in the April 24 elections. Wilde Lake residents can file until March 12, for example, and Owen Brown residents have until March 19.

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