Joe Budge selected to serve as new Annapolis alderman

Budge set to replace Richard Israel

April 30, 2013|By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun

The newest alderman on the Annapolis City Council will be downtown resident and activist Joe Budge.

The Annapolis Democratic Central Committee selected Budge on Tuesday night to replace former Alderman Richard Israel, who resigned earlier this month.

Budge is a retiree and a 10-year resident of Annapolis who has frequently appeared before the City Council representing the Ward One Residents Asscociation.

Budge earned votes from five of the nine members of the central committee. Candidates Paul Clar, a cable engineer, and Thomas McCarthy, who works for the Department of Natural Resources, each earned two votes.

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has said he plans to swear in the new alderman at the next City Council meeting on May 13.

Israel, who has Parkinson's disease, resigned because he plans to move to an assisted living facility outside of his ward. Because there are only a few months left in the term -- elections are this fall -- Israel's replacement was selected by the central committee, rather than through a special election.

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