Wednesday, May 8, 2013
A few potential candidates have expressed interest in the 2014 race for Anne Arundel county executive, according to reports.
It has only been a couple months since Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman was appointed by the county council, but candidates are already starting to gear up for the 2014 race, reports The Baltimore Sun. Which of the candidates thus far would get your vote? Share in our poll below. Neuman said she formed a committee and filed election paperwork, according to the report. This would be Neuman's first election campaign. County Councilman John Grasso (R-2nd District), of Glen Burnie told The Sun he is the best person for the job, and intends to run. Delegate Steve Schuh (R-District 31) of Gibson Island has already raised $1 million for the 2014 race. Joanna Conti, the democrat who lost the 2010 executive race to John Leopold, also …
Friday, April 26, 2013
The two-term Republican state delegate plans to announce his 2014 campaign on May 2.
UPDATED (5:26 p.m.)—Steve Schuh, a two-term Republican state delegate, is expected next week to announce intentions to run for Anne Arundel County Executive. Schuh is expected to make the announcement during a May 2 event with Rep. Andy Harris at the Earleigh Heights Volunteer Fire Company in Severna Park. In an interview Friday afternoon, Schuh said the announcement will be the culmination of nearly 18 months of work by an exploratory committee. "We've met with a very high level of success," Schuh said of the exploratory committee but added that the final recommendation won't be announced until May 2. "I'm on pins and needles," he said. Schuh made known his interest in the position earlier this year. He was one of a number of interested …
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The recently passed legislation could be vetoed in favor of creating a new bill with a lower fee for Anne Arundel County residents.
County Executive Laura Neuman said she will veto the stormwater bill that passed narrowly by the Anne Arundel County Council in a column issued to the media Thursday. Neuman outlined her reasons for the veto in the column: She wrote that there has been public outcry to the legislation, referencing "hundreds of emails" sent to her asking her to veto the bill. The bill sets into motion a fee that would be assessed through property tax bills. The rate varies per household type—$34 for owners of townhomes and condominiums, $85 for single-family homeowners, and $170 for rural area homes. Neuman wrote in the column that more work needs to be done, and she is going to ask the council to revisit a new bill and reduce the fee's impact to taxpayers…
Friday, April 12, 2013
John Leopold, former Anne Arundel County executive, left jail Friday after serving a 30-day sentence for misconduct.
John Leopold, the former Anne Arundel County executive found guilty on two counts of criminal misconduct in January, was released Friday after serving a 30-day jail sentence. Leopold will continue to serve 30 days on house arrest, according to his sentencing. After starting his political career 43 years ago as a state representative in Hawaii, the 70-year-old faces his first time out of elected office since 1995, according to Maryland State Archives. Patch wants to know what readers think Leopold should do next. Vote in our poll. Editor's note: The poll has been published to all eight Patch websites in Anne Arundel County.
Friday, March 29, 2013
Alton, 94, died after years of poor health.
Joseph Alton Jr., the first Anne Arundel county executive, died early Friday, according to The Maryland-Gazette. Alton, 94, of Eastport, was suffering from poor health and was in a wheel chair for the last few years of his life, the report said. According to Maryland State Archives, Alton rose in the ranks of Anne Arundel County as deputy sheriff in 1947, then sheriff from 1950 to 1962. From there, he represented the county as a Republican in the Maryland Senate for two years, until he became the first county executive in 1965. Alton held the office until he pleaded guilty to extortion charges in 1974, for which he was sentenced 18 months in prison and served 7 months. He stayed involved in county politics, however, and was involved with …
Monday, March 11, 2013
A background in finance or planning is preferred.
If you're interested in participating in the review of the capital budget program for Anne Arundel County, the county executive is currently seeking new members for the Planning Advisory Board. According to a press release from the county: The seven-member board is responsible for reviewing projects in the capital budget and making recommendations to the county executive. Members are responsible to attend at least 10 meetings annually, and must be residents of Anne Arundel County. Most meetings occur during daytime hours. The board has already held three work sessions on the FY2014 capital budget and six-year program, and now begins the process of considering the funds available to support projects, the priorities of various agencies and …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman says all individual department heads and senior staff will be reviewed.
Anne Arundel County department heads and senior staff in the county executive's office will reportedly undergo reviews by a newly appointed Evaluation Committee. The committee, led by chief of staff David Cordle, will conduct reviews for 30 days and then report back what they learn about the senior staff to Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman. Committee members include: TELL US: What do you think about this process? Leave a comment to let us know.
Monday, March 4, 2013
County Executive Laura Neuman met with the senator to discuss the local impact of the sequester, jobs and working together for the people of Anne Arundel County.
The impact of the sequestration on Anne Arundel County is weighing heavily on the minds of government officials as well as residents. On Monday, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski (D-MD) met with Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman in Annapolis. Mikulski is the dean of the Maryland Congressional Delegation. Neuman said she is looking forward to working with Mikulski and that her “understanding of issues related to Fort Meade, NSA, the Naval Academy and Cyber Command is a crucial asset” to Anne Arundel County. “We all need to work together as Team Maryland as we combat the devastating impacts of sequester, focus on creating jobs and remain committed to the day-to-day needs of Maryland families,” said Mikulski. Also on Monday, Sen. Ben Cardin (…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The most recent addition to the Anne Arundel team includes NASA contractor Richard Durkee as director of information technology.
On Wednesday, Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman named Davidsonville resident Richard Durkee the new director of information technology. Durkee, currently a NASA contractor, will lead the "modernization of county government" starting March 4, according to a press release. This proclamation comes after The Capital-Gazette reported that Neuman had to order a computer for her office and that former county executive John Leopold was not known to be "tech savvy." “Richard Durkee will develop a plan to make this County work smarter through better use of technology,” Neuman said in a prepared statement. “Data is the key to efficiency and measuring results.” In addition to his experience as a contractor providing information technology …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman made the announcement on Monday.
Monday, February 25
David Cordle of Annapolis was named chief of staff on Monday by Anne Arundel County Executive Laura Neuman as she starts to organize a new leadership team for her administration. The appointment is effective immediately. Neuman described the 55-year-old Cordle as a "true public servant" in a prepared statement that also detailed Cordle's experience as chief criminal investigator for the Anne Arundel County State’s Attorney’s Office and in government. He served nine years as an Annapolis alderman. In addition, Cordle served three commands in the U.S. Army and lives in Annapolis with his wife, Michelle. Cordle will reportedly lead an Evaluation Committee charged with reviewing individuals and agencies within Anne Arundel County government. …