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August 1, 1994
The First Councilmanic District in the southwest corner of Baltimore County is an intriguingly mixed bag of urban and rural, superhighway and scenic back road, sprawling park land and suburban sprawl. For the past four years, Republican Berchie Manley of Catonsville has tried to fulfill the needs of this diverse area and its 100,000 residents, but with scant success. While few doubt her earnestness and diligence, she has isolated herself on the council and thus had little impact on the panel's actions.
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NEWS
February 11, 2014
Gina Kazimir of Bel Air formally filed her candidacy for Harford County Council District C on Feb. 7. Kazimir, a Democrat who lives in the Howard Park section of Bel Air, said she is offering a choice to move forward for voters in District C. "I am running because I believe that voters deserve choices. The right to choose our government is fundamental to what makes America the greatest nation on earth," she said. "I want to ensure that right remains strong by offering a choice for voters in District C. "I believe that we need to move forward and take a fresh look at the opportunities and challenges in the district.
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NEWS
By Martin C. Evans | August 30, 1991
An effort to make it easier for Republican and independent candidates to win seats on Baltimore's City Council took a major step forward yesterday as the way was cleared for a November ballot question calling for single-member council districts.Currently, three council members are elected from each of the city's six districts. The proposed change would create 18 single-member districts, making it much easier for less well-known and minority party candidates to win.Earlier this month, the city's finance director, William R. Brown Jr., had rejected a 15,159-signature petition -- collected by an organization called Baltimoreans for Fair Representation, which is affiliated with the Republican Party -- to put the single-member district on the ballot.
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By Ruth Goldstein | October 17, 2012
Stop! Don't sign it! A petition drive secretly sponsored by developers Howard Brown and David Cordish has been circulating for the last few weeks in an effort to quash all of the zoning changes in Council Districts 2 and 6 that were approved in August by the Baltimore County Council. This vote took place after an exhaustive one-year process of community input meetings, Planning Board recommendations and staff reviews called the Comprehensive Zoning Map Process (CZMP). Finally, it was signed into law by County Executive Kevin Kamenetz.
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By MARTIN EVANS | November 3, 1991
Voters going to the polls Tuesday in Baltimore will have the chance to remake the Baltimore City Council in two ways -- by sending new faces to City Hall and by breaking up the three-member teams that represent each of the council's six districts.Question L, a dry charter amendment placed at the far right on the election ballot, asks voters if they favor replacing the existing six councilmanic districts in the city -- each of which sends three representatives to the council -- with 18 single-member districts.
NEWS
July 23, 2001
CENSUS FIGURES and history tell us why the Anne Arundel County NAACP thinks a majority-minority county council district is necessary. Anne Arundel is 13.6 percent black, but only one African-American has served on the county's council since charter government began in 1964. All seven current council members are white. But race can't be the sole factor in determining how to represent communities fairly, and racial gerrymandering is not the answer to unfair representation. Moreover, with the county's dispersed minority population, it would seem impossible to contrive a majority- minority district.
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By Patrick Gilbert and Patrick Gilbert,Evening Sun Staff | April 15, 1991
Redistricting has severely altered the plans of two candidates -- one a Democrat, the other a Republican -- who were seeking City Council seats in the 3rd District.About two weeks ago, the City Council passed a controversial redistricting plan that changed the boundaries of the city's six council districts.Dr. Peter Beilenson, the Democrat, and James B. Brewster, the Republican, soon discovered that their neighborhoods were not included in the new 3rd District map.The new lines placed Beilenson's Guilford neighborhood in the 2nd District and Brewster's Gardenville neighborhood in the 1st. Neither can seek election in the 3rd District because the city charter requires council candidates to live in the districts they hope to represent.
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By Adam Sachs and Adam Sachs,Staff Writer | July 15, 1992
WESTMINSTER -- The Carroll Charter Board discussed with the county Board of Elections last night the legal and technical issues involved in creating seven council districts instead of the five originally proposed.Charter Board member Joseph Getty said the county can't be divided into seven districts of ideal size without breaking current voting precinct boundaries because of the disparity in precinct sizes.At three recent public hearings on the charter draft, several residents advocated creating seven or more council districts to provide better representation for all regions of the county.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | January 28, 2012
Members of the Howard County Council are divided over what changes they would like to see in a proposed map of council districts. The council has until March 15 to approve changes, or a redistricting commission-recommended map will become law. At a work session Monday, each council member seemed to have different ideas about where the map's boundaries should be drawn. Councilwoman Courtney Watson, an Ellicott City Democrat representing District 1, offered her own proposal in an attempt to address concerns expressed by residents of the Wheatfield neighborhood of Ellicott City.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | December 24, 2011
Both Democrats and Republicans in Howard County believe they have a chance to win a new seat in the House of Delegates proposed for the area around Ellicott City. The added seat comes as part of a state legislative redistricting map put forth this month by a panel appointed by Gov. Martin O'Malley, and would mirror Howard's most competitive County Council district — won in a tight race last year by Democrat Courtney Watson. "I think the map gives us some excellent opportunities," said Howard's Democratic Central Committee Chair, Michael C.A. McPherson.
EXPLORE
October 27, 2011
Members of the Abingdon Community Council appear resigned to the political reality that, while the Abingdon-Emmorton area is a population center for Harford County, it will continue to be divided so other long-established county council districts can remain in place. While there was a move to consolidate the Havre de Grace and Aberdeen districts into a single entity and establish a new district that reflects the relatively new neighborhoods of the Route 24 corridor, this notion appears to have been rejected in favor of ensuring that Aberdeen and Havre de Grace each have their own districts.
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By Mary Gail Hare, The Baltimore Sun | October 2, 2011
Harford County Democrats have decided not to appeal a court decision and will remain shut out of the process that sets council district lines for the next decade. Instead, they are looking to a broad review of the county charter to help protect their party's interests in the future. Democrats, who once dominated Harford, officially became the minority party last year. The party didn't field candidates in several Republican strongholds, and saw their share of the 2010 vote dip below 15 percent - the minimum eligibility standard for participation on the council redistricting commission.
EXPLORE
September 22, 2011
A commission appointed by County Executive Ken Ulman to recommend a way to make the school board more diverse appears to have gotten a lot right, but not all. The panel, which will present its proposal on Monday, voted this week to propose a system in which five of the seven board members would be elected by districts corresponding to existing County Council districts and two would be appointed. Having the county executive choose board members is where the commission, headed by former state schools Superintendent Nancy Grasmick, went wrong.
NEWS
July 17, 2011
As The Sun's editorial noted, Baltimore's September primary ballot is crowded with 63 candidates running for the 14 city council seats ("What should we ask?" July 10). But as usual, the November general election ballot will be largely depopulated. A Democrat will be on the ballot in every district, and in two districts (6 and 9) they will be running unopposed. But the number of "one party" districts would have been much higher if it were not for the Libertarian and Green parties.
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By Larry Carson, The Baltimore Sun | June 18, 2011
Howard County's population was 62,000 when the five-member County Council was formed more than four decades ago. Now Courtney Watson's Ellicott City/Elkridge district alone holds that many people, and she'd like the citizens commission reviewing the county charter to look at whether it's time that the council grew too. "I think it should be examined," Watson said. "With 62,000 constituents, it is a big challenge to be able to respond to people in a timely manner. " With 700 emails a week coming in, Watson, who also has a full-time private job, and Terry Chaconas, her lone special assistant, have to work hard to keep up. "There's nothing more frustrating," Watson said, "than to have one [email]
NEWS
February 17, 2011
Harford County Democrats are complaining because they have been shut out from the panel that will draw County Council district lines using new census data, an exercise they fear will allow Republicans to gerrymander them into oblivion. But the situation is their own fault. A provision of the charter designed to keep small political parties from unduly influencing the process says that to get a seat on the committee, a party must receive at least 15 percent of the total votes cast in the most recent council election.
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