A Republican candidate for Howard County council has announced he is withdrawing from the race, but missed the Friday withdrawal deadline, frustrating GOP plans to name a replacement. Democrat Calvin Ball is the incumbent in District 2, which covers East Columbia, Jessup, and parts of Elkridge.
Anthony Jordan, a 29-year-old first-time candidate who was the first to file for council this year, announced Friday on his campaign website that the demands of his job had become so great that he has little time for campaigning and had decided to drop out. The problem is he missed Friday's deadline for withdrawing, which means the Republican central committee may not replace him on the ballot until after ther September 14 primary election..
"I was unaware that the date was Friday," he said, adding that he thought the withdrawal deadline was in August. He will no longer campaign, however, he said, and is effectively out of the race. Election board deputy administrator Guy Mickley said that once Jordan is the nominee, he can officially withdraw, and the Republican party centerl committee can name a replacement. Party charwoman Joan Becker said that's her plan.