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November 3, 2011
Editor: It takes a lot of time and effort to run for public office, so thanks to all of the candidates in Aberdeen's election. The current council and Mayor Mike Bennett have worked diligently together along with experienced department heads and staff to improve the city. This group has accomplished much already, and given the opportunity will continue to use their collective experience, consensus building and positive attitude to benefit Aberdeen. I strongly urge the citizens of Aberdeen to exercise their right to choose and to re-elect Mayor Bennett and the city council members.
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NEWS
November 13, 2013
The election for Laurel council members is over and the residents realized who was right for the positions. The re-election of all current council members shows that the residents respect their past performance. They have proven that they can run a city by looking at all the facts first before spending our tax money. Team Laurel conducted themselves during the campaign with honor, dignity and class, taking the high road. They are a great example for young citizens to follow. I am amazed at how quickly the new shopping center is coming along and look forward to shopping locally again.
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NEWS
March 24, 1991
An area developer Friday became the sixth candidate to file to run for a City Council seat in the May 13 municipal election.Michael W. Oakes joins two incumbents and three challengers who thus far have filed to run for three open seats on the council.Oakes, 38, is president of Michael Oakes, a Westminster home building and development company. He and his wife, Carol, have a son, 13,and a daughter, 9. This is his first attempt to run for public office.Oakes said Friday he doesn't believe the current council is equipped to usher the city through the inevitable transformation from a small rural community to a growing city.
EXPLORE
November 3, 2011
Editor: It takes a lot of time and effort to run for public office, so thanks to all of the candidates in Aberdeen's election. The current council and Mayor Mike Bennett have worked diligently together along with experienced department heads and staff to improve the city. This group has accomplished much already, and given the opportunity will continue to use their collective experience, consensus building and positive attitude to benefit Aberdeen. I strongly urge the citizens of Aberdeen to exercise their right to choose and to re-elect Mayor Bennett and the city council members.
NEWS
By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Staff writer | May 15, 1991
For the first time in his mayoral career, W. Benjamin Brown might see his veto stand.The current City Council has approved the 1991-1992 budget that Brown opposed -- primarily because of $1.3 million included for City Hall expansion. However, the budget could be reworkedto include a tax cut since a new council was elected Monday night."I expect the citizens will get a tax cut," said Brown. "I would expect the new council to vote to lower the rate based on the election pledges they made."The current council has overridden all of Brown's vetoes since he was elected two years ago. Monday night, new members Stephen R. Chapin Sr., Rebecca A. Orenstein and Kenneth A. Yowan replaced Councilmen Samuel V. Greenholtz and Mark S. Snyder.
NEWS
By Kerry O'Rourke and Kerry O'Rourke,Staff writer | April 15, 1992
A story in the April 15 edition of The Carroll County Sun, "Split council combines planning, public works," attributed incorrect information about closed Westminster City Council meetings to Mayor W. Benjamin Brown. The mayor said the current council has called fewer closed meetings than the previous council.The Carroll County Sun regretsthe error.WESTMINSTER -- Over objections by two of its members, the City Council voted Monday to combine the public works and planning departments.The merger created the job of director of Planning and Public Works, which the council filled by promoting Planning Director ThomasBeyard.
NEWS
By Amy L. Miller and Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer | February 17, 1995
A "gentleman's disagreement" between the state retirement system and the Baltimore Metropolitan Council has landed in the House of Delegates Appropriations Committee.On one side, the Maryland State Retirement and Pension System says the council owes the agency about $650,000 to help make up a shortfall in contributions to the system dating to before 1992.But the council, which was formed from the Baltimore Regional Council of Governments in 1992, says the legislation that created it absolved the nonprofit group from the debts of its predecessor.
NEWS
By Ginger Thompson | September 11, 1991
As Baltimore's primary campaign draws to a close, City Council President Mary Pat Clarke has begun a behind-the-scenes effort in the city's gay community to defeat an independent candidate for the City Council in the 2nd District, Peter Beilenson.Mrs. Clarke, whose political home base is the center-city 2nd District, has been making calls to leaders of gay and lesbian groups urging them to support her chosen candidates: incumbents Anthony J. Ambridge, Carl Stokes and challenger Paula Johnson Branch instead of Dr. Beilenson.
NEWS
By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2005
Annapolis voters this week elected five new members to the city council, drastically changing the shape of the nine-person legislative body. Mayor Ellen O. Moyer's three most vocal critics will be replaced Dec. 5 by friendlier - or at least newer - faces. Also, the council will include only two Republicans, one fewer than the current council. The lack of strong critics, the inexperience of many of the new aldermen with city government and the Democratic dominance have led some to speculate that the new council will be little more than a rubber stamp for the mayor's policies.
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2003
Three candidates for City Council president laid out their visions for a better Baltimore last night while delivering more than a few sharp jabs to each other in a debate at Morgan State University. About 250 people -- many clad in campaign T-shirts -- variously cheered for incumbent President Sheila Dixon and challengers Carl Stokes and Catherine E. Pugh throughout the 90-minute debate, particularly when the three Democrats had a chance to ask each other questions. And they weren't lobbing softballs.
NEWS
By Mary Gail Hare and Mary Gail Hare,Sun Reporter | May 27, 2007
The Harford County Council, with four freshmen members, expects to enact a nearly $1 billion budget Tuesday, the culmination of a process that has been devoid of the rancor that has marked previous efforts to balance revenues and expenditures. Members credit an uncommon air of compromise between the council and the administration, founded in agreement on the fiscal challenges facing the county. They unanimously approved 99 amendments to the budget last week and have held the line on taxes, keeping the property tax rate at $1.082 per $100 of assessed value.
NEWS
February 7, 2006
Howard OKs pay raises for County Council and executive With one dissenting vote, the Howard County Council approved substantially higher salaries last night for the next county executive and council. County Council members will earn $49,000 initially, about a 45 percent increase, and the next executive will receive $147,000. The officials also will receive annual cost-of-living increases tied to the federally determined consumer price index. The council vote was 4-1, with western county Republican Charles C. Feaga objecting to the higher pay. "I felt that was really out of line," Feaga said of the council pay increase.
NEWS
By ANNIE LINSKEY and ANNIE LINSKEY,SUN REPORTER | November 11, 2005
Annapolis voters this week elected five new members to the city council, drastically changing the shape of the nine-person legislative body. Mayor Ellen O. Moyer's three most vocal critics will be replaced Dec. 5 by friendlier - or at least newer - faces. Also, the council will include only two Republicans, one fewer than the current council. The lack of strong critics, the inexperience of many of the new aldermen with city government and the Democratic dominance have led some to speculate that the new council will be little more than a rubber stamp for the mayor's policies.
NEWS
By Sheridan Lyons and Sheridan Lyons,SUN STAFF | June 9, 2004
Acknowledging that the timing may be a little unusual, the Mount Airy Town Council has passed a snow-shoveling ordinance. The ordinance requires owners and occupants of properties with paved sidewalks to clear a 30-inch-wide path within 24 hours of a snowfall, with a $25 fine for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. Each day could draw a separate fine, but town officials said Monday night that they favor warnings over fines, especially in the event of a blizzard. "My back can handle that," said resident Gene Anderson of shoveling snow off the 400-foot sidewalk at his home on a corner on Prospect Road.
NEWS
By Laura Vozzella and Laura Vozzella,SUN STAFF | August 12, 2003
Three candidates for City Council president laid out their visions for a better Baltimore last night while delivering more than a few sharp jabs to each other in a debate at Morgan State University. About 250 people -- many clad in campaign T-shirts -- variously cheered for incumbent President Sheila Dixon and challengers Carl Stokes and Catherine E. Pugh throughout the 90-minute debate, particularly when the three Democrats had a chance to ask each other questions. And they weren't lobbing softballs.
NEWS
May 27, 2003
IT USED TO BE that the lineup of mayoral and City Council candidates would be pretty much in place by Memorial Day. That all changed four years ago. Martin O'Malley waited until June 23 to announce his intentions and then surprised handicappers by sprinting to victory in September's mayoral primary. Can his feat be duplicated? Many politicians apparently think so, conveniently forgetting the difficulties of raising money or launching a credible campaign organization. Nevertheless, at this point it's impossible to say with certainty who will end up running against Mayor O'Malley and City Council President Sheila Dixon.
NEWS
March 6, 2001
WHEN the Columbia Council meets Thursday evening, three issues are likely to come up: A cap on increases in the lien or tax rate, now 36.5 cents per $100,000 of valuation. Legal fees of $300,000 accumulated by the council in recent months will be discussed. And the council will debate whether to discuss the above issues in public. The third of these matters demands an immediate answer: Yes. Certainly. How could such important busines be considered in private? The current council, overriding the objections of some of its members, meets in private too often.
NEWS
January 28, 2003
IN REVIEWING Mayor Martin O'Malley's redistricting proposal, the City Council should cast aside parochial considerations and approve the map with minimum tinkering. Current council members will be trying to elbow each other out as they seek re-election to the downsized legislative body. But the council risks inviting a court challenge if it turns to a tricky redrawing of maps as a ruse to protect the incumbents. Mayor O'Malley's draft map, submitted yesterday, attempts to strike a careful political balance.
NEWS
March 6, 2001
WHEN the Columbia Council meets Thursday evening, three issues are likely to come up: A cap on increases in the lien or tax rate, now 36.5 cents per $100,000 of valuation. Legal fees of $300,000 accumulated by the council in recent months will be discussed. And the council will debate whether to discuss the above issues in public. The third of these matters demands an immediate answer: Yes. Certainly. How could such important busines be considered in private? The current council, overriding the objections of some of its members, meets in private too often.
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