Wednesday, March 14, 2012
The County Council has failed to choose between Peter Smith and Mike Wagner after more than 100 rounds of voting.
It’s been 57 days since the Anne Arundel County Council declared Daryl Jones' seat vacant, and the remaining six members still cannot agree on his replacement. Can you do any better? Patch is wondering who you would choose and why? Ten people applied to replace the imprisoned Democrat, but the field was quickly narrowed to two: Peter Jones and Mike Wagner. Watch: Smith Video Interview, Wagner Video Interview There were 100 rounds of voting Feb. 16, and two more deadlocked sessions followed, the most recent on March 5. The county charter is partially to blame, as there is no tiebreaking procedure in place. The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that the council's failure to choose a replacement within its self-imposed 30-day deadline may hurt …
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
The earliest a change to the charter could take effect is in December.
Weaknesses in Anne Arundel County’s charter led to the current stalemate in selecting a successor to the District 1 council seat, a local political expert said. The charter could be amended to fix those weaknesses, bringing it closer to the rules in nearby municipalities—including Baltimore County and Annapolis—but the earliest a change could take effect is Dec. 6, 30 days after the next general election. Since former District 1 Councilman Daryl Jones went to federal prison Jan. 23, the council has bickered about who will fill his seat. The six remaining councilmen interviewed 10 candidates in February, narrowed them down to three, then two, then voted for 99 times in succession with a 3-3 split before calling it a night. They met twice …
Monday, March 5, 2012
The council continued its deadlock with a split vote between two top candidates.
UPDATE (8:18 a.m. Tuesday)—The Anne Arundel County Council again failed to come to an agreement Monday night after the third session of voting for a new District 1 representative. The deadlock continued Monday night for three rounds before Councilman Chris Trumbauer (D-6th District) asked for a motion to adjourn. "I'm somewhat disappointed that we find ourselves in the same situation. But we all equally share the blame. We're entrenched," Trumbauer said. "I think that there's no point to keep doing this, and I'd move to adjourn." The council has been unable to agree on a suitable replacement for Daryl Jones, the former councilman for District 1, who reported to federal prison in January after being convicted of tax evasion charges. Just …
Monday, February 27, 2012
The debate involving the deadlock over the vacant 1st District Anne Arundel seat heats up as the desire to diversify is discussed.
The situation surrounding the stalemate on the Anne Arundel County Council's open seat continues to broil as council members fail to act on a replacement. A columnist at The Baltimore Sun recently discussed the need for diversity on the council and what he deemed an embarrassing failure to make an appointment. The seat was last held by Daryl Jones of Severn, the only African-American member. The question of diversity is now revolving around a comment from Derek Fink. "I can't believe that today I'm being asked to vote for someone … solely on diversity," he was quoted as saying by The Sun. "It just blows my mind." Jones, a Democrat and former representative from the council's 1st District, was convicted in November after he pleaded guilty …
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
The County Council delayed its decision for the second time in five days.
UPDATE (4:16 p.m.)—After three more rounds of deadlocked voting Tuesday, the Anne Arundel County Council again postponed filling the District 1 seat left vacant by Daryl Jones of Severn, who reported to federal prison less than a month ago. Dating back to Feb. 16, the six-person council has gone 102 consecutive rounds splitting its votes between Mike Wagner and Peter Smith. After 100 votes last week—the final 99 split between Wagner and Smith—the council delayed its decision until Tuesday afternoon. After three more rounds of ties, it unanimously approved a motion by councilman James Benoit (D-4th District) to delay the vote until the March 5 County Council meeting. "I don't see at this time that there's been any movement ... I move we …
Friday, February 17, 2012
The six remaining members are split about who should join them on the council.
The Anne Arundel County Council is deadlocked on a decision to fill the vacant District 1 seat after 100 rounds of voting that ended just before midnight Thursday. Ten candidates made presentations to the council, but the list was narrowed to two—Peter Smith and Mike Wagner—by the time voting became heated. Smith is a Marine Corps Reserve lieutenant working for the NSA. Wagner is a former senator and delegate from Glen Burnie who has had a business presence in the region for decades. The council must select a replacement to fill the District 1 seat, formerly held by Daryl Jones, of Severn. Jones began serving his sentence at a federal prison in South Carolina on Jan. 23. The council vacated his seat last month, and has until Wednesday to …
Monday, February 13, 2012
The council will select the member during a public meeting on Thursday.
Ten people from District 1 filed applications to fill the Anne Arundel County Council seat left vacant by Daryl Jones as of Friday's deadline, according to The Baltimore Sun. The council will select the member during a public meeting on Thursday. As previously reported, Hanover resident David Jones, former chairman of the "No Slots at the Mall" campaign, was among the first to file. “I had no intention of seeking office, but I felt like someone needed to step in because there are a lot of important issues coming down the pike, and District 1 needs effective leadership,” Jones said in an interview with Patch. Another applicant, Linthicum resident Rik Forgo, ran against Daryl Jones in the 2006 primary. "I think my experience and energy make …
Monday, January 23, 2012
The council will appoint a new council member Feb. 16. Those interested in the seat must apply by noon on Feb. 10.
The Anne Arundel County Council has begun the process of filling the recently vacated District 1 seat. The council has 30 days to fill the seat that opened in District 1 after approving an emergency ordinance Jan. 17 that declared Daryl Jones seat vacant as of Monday when he was scheduled to report to federal prison. He is scheduled to serve a five-month sentence for failing to file 35 federal income tax reports between 2002-2006. According to a press release from the council, anyone interested in the position should submit a cover letter and personal resume to Elizabeth E. Jones, administrative officer to the county council, by noon on Feb. 10. Interested candidates must have been a registered Democrat for the 12-month period immediately …
Thursday, January 19, 2012
The Anne Arundel County Council will begin the process of replacing Councilman Daryl Jones when he reports to federal prison next week.
A judge denied a request from Councilman Daryl Jones' attorney that would prevent the Anne Arundel County Council from replacing Jones when he reports to federal prison next week, according to the Baltimore Sun. Retired Court of Special Appeals Judge Raymond G. Thieme Jr. ruled against the request for a restraining order by Jones' attorney Wednesday, the Sun reported. On Tuesday the council passed an emergency ordinance declaring Jones’ District 1 seat vacant, after asserting that his prison sentence equates to a change of residency. The ordinance passed 6-0 with Jones recusing himself from the vote.
Wednesday, January 4, 2012
The county councilman, who will begin serving a five-month sentence in federal prison later this month, has asked the circuit court to block the council from removing him from office, according to The Capital.
Updated 11:49 p.m. Wednesday: Councilman Daryl Jones was denied the temporary restraining order he requested by an Anne Arundel County Circuit Court Judge Wednesday, according to The Capital. Jones’ request would have kept the County Council from voting on legislation that could remove him from office. Linda Schuett, Jones’ attorney, said in the Capital that removing the Severn councilman from his seat would cause “immediate, substantial and irreparable harm.” Original article: With only 19 days until he is due to begin serving a five-month sentence in federal prison, Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones filed a temporary restraining order in an effort to stop attempts to remove him from the council, according to The Capital. Jones' …