Political Notes: Anne Arundel Dems call on County Council to break deadlock

The Anne Arundel County Young Democrats sent a letter to the County Council this week, asking the six councilmen to break the tie over whom to appoint to the District 1 seat.

Councilmen are marred in a 3-3 deadlock between Peter Smith of Severn and Mike Wagner of Glen Burnie. District 1 has been without a council representative since former councilman Daryl Jones went to prison for failure to file taxes on Jan. 23. The council must appoint a Democrat from District 1 to replace him.

“We cannot stay silent while nearly 5,000 Anne Arundel County young Democrats go without representation,” the group’s secretary, Patricia Swanson, wrote in the letter.

Though the group isn’t endorsing a candidate, Swanson wrote that deference should be given to the two Democrats on the council, Jamie Benoit and Chris Trumbauer, both of whom are supporting Smith.

“As young Democrats, we sincerely hope you will not allow the people of District 1 to go another month without representation,” Swanson wrote.

Annapolis Republicans

The Annapolis Republican Central Committee will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at The Rockfish restaurant, 400 Sixth St. in Eastport.

Friday Democrats

Richard O’Sullivan, principal at Change Management Solutions, will be the guest speaker at tomorrow’s meeting of the Almost 7:30 Friday Morning Democratic Breakfast Club.

The meeting will be from 7:30 to 8:45 a.m. at the Eastport Democratic Club, 525 State St. in Annapolis. Cost is $7 for continental breakfast.

Delegation meeting

The Anne Arundel County House Delegation will meet at 9 a.m. tomorrow in Room 142 of the Lowe House Office Building.

The delegation is scheduled to vote on a bill that would increase the number of Anne Arundel County school board members, plus make other tweaks to how members are selected.

The delegates will hear from two speakers: Joe S. Weinberg, The Cordish Cos.’ president of gaming and resorts, and Leif Dormsjo, senior advisory to the secretary for the Maryland Department of Transportation.

To be put on the agenda for an upcoming meeting, contact Delegation Administrator Kathy O’Donovan at 410-841-3402 or aacd@mlis.state.md.us.

Senior Republicans

Richard Douglas, Republican candidate for U.S. Senate, will speak at Monday’s meeting of the Senior Republican Club of Maryland.

Douglas, who hopes to unseat Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin, recently criticized Cardin for not taking a position on the state’s proposed gas tax increase.

The Maryland General Assembly is considering a proposal from Gov. Martin O’Malley that would add 6 percent sales tax to gas. Drivers could expect to pay another 21 cents per gallon if the legislation passes.

The meeting is at 2 p.m. at the North County Area Library branch, 1010 Eastway in Glen Burnie. The public is invited and light refreshments will be provided.

For more information, contact club President Fred Kaminski at 410-760-4684.

District 32 Republicans

Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. will speak at the District 32 Republican Club’s fifth anniversary dinner Tuesday at La Fontaine Bleue, 7514 Ritchie Highway in Glen Burnie.

Tickets are $40 per person and include a full buffet dinner and non-alcoholic beverages. For more information and order forms, visit www.md32gop.org or call club President Steve Reigle at 410-952-9705.

African-American forum

The African-American Leadership Forum will meet from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Perry’s Restaurant, 1210 Annapolis Road in Odenton.

For more information, contact Richard Allen at edgecombe2@hotmail.com or 410-305-4150.

South County Democrats

The South County Democratic Club will meet at 7 p.m Wednesday at Pirates Cove Restaurant, 4817 Riverside Drive in Galesville. Dinner begins at 6 p.m. Members will discuss the upcoming April 3 primary election.

Elephant Club

Attorney Trevor A. Kiessling Jr. will be the guest speaker at Thursday’s breakfast meeting of the Elephant Club. Kiessling will be speaking about property seized in the county.

The meeting will be held from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church, 400 Benfield Road in Severna Park. A $4 fee covers the cost of coffee, bagels and donuts.

North County Republicans

Bill Voelp of the Anne Arundel County Board of Elections and Del. Nic Kipke, R-Pasadena, are the guest speakers for next Thursday’s meeting of the North County Republican Club.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Big Vanilla Fitness Center, 24 Magothy Beach Road in Pasadena.

For more information, contact club President Alex Yarema at 410-255-6836.

Leopold open house

County Executive John R. Leopold and county department heads will hold Community Connections Day next Thursday.

The fifth annual open house for county residents will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at Severna Park Middle School, 450 Jumpers Hole Road. Leopold and other county officials will be on hand to talk about county resources and services.

For more information, contact 410-222-1785 or CCServices@aacounty.org.

Absentee ballot deadline

Voters have until March 27 to request an absentee ballot for the primary election on April 3.

Anyone who wants to vote absentee must request a ballot by writing, and they must sign the request. An application can be downloaded from the state Board of Elections’ website at www.elections.state.md.us.

For more information, contact the state board at 1-800-222-VOTE.

Compiled by Staff Writer Allison Bourg. Email items to polinotes@capgaznews.com and follow her at www.twitter.com/abourg_Capital.

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