July 27, 2001
Five plans for new Howard County Council district boundaries were submitted last night by members of the county's Redistricting Commission - including one Republican proposal that would dislodge incumbent District 3 Democrat Guy J. Guzzone. That plan, submitted by Republican member Michael J. Deets, would give the GOP a good chance to win control of the five-member council in next year's elections, since the removal of Guzzone would leave the pivotal District 3 without an incumbent. Chances of that proposal being adopted are slim and none, however, since Democrats control the commission, 4-3, and the council, which has final say, 3-2. Commission Chairman David Marker said he hopes to reduce last night's offerings to two or three plans for a vote at the next commission meeting Aug. 14. A public hearing would then be held in September on one plan chosen for recommendation to the County Council.