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3 Things to Know About Columbia's Elections for 2014

Harper's Choice, Hickory Ridge and Town Center have contested races.

Elections in Columbia's 10 villages are happening Saturday, April 26, and here are the basics.

What the election covers: Candidates are running for either the Columbia Council or the individual village boards. The Columbia Council acts as the Columbia Association's board of directors and will elect the association's next president, according to CA Monthly. The village boards handle the community association needs of each village.

Where and when to vote:

  • Dorsey's Search (8 a.m. to 1 p.m.)—Linden Hall, 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City
  • Harper's Choice (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)—Kahler Hall, 5440 Old Tucker Road, Columbia
  • Hickory Ridge (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)—Hawthorne Center, 6175 Sunny Spring, Columbia
  • Kings Contrivance (5 to 7 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday)—Amherst House, 7251 Eden Brook Drive, Columbia
  • Long Reach Village (9:30 a.m. to noon)—Stonehouse, 8755 Cloudleap Court
  • Oakland Mills (8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.)—The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place, Columbia
  • Owen Brown (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.)—Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way, Columbia
  • River Hill (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)—Claret Hall, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville
  • Town Center (9 a.m. to 2 p.m.)—Vantage Point Road Park (Vantage Point Road), with Historic Oakland Manor as the backup if it rains
  • Wilde Lake (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)—Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane, Columbia
Who are the candidates?
  • Dorsey's Search has no contested races this year. Two candidates are running for three seats on the village board; the third will be filled by appointment, according to the Columbia Association.
  • Harper's Choice Columbia Council candidates include Robert Fontaine and Alan Klein (links go to The Baltimore Sun's profiles of the candidates). In the village board race, two candidates are running with three seats available; the third will be filled by appointment.
  • Hickory Ridge Columbia Council candidates are Harry Schwarz and Gregg Schwind; seven candidates vie for five village board seats: Miles Coffman, Linda Hitzelberger, Randall Horst, Jerry Lioi, Tom Louden, Monica Parikh and Michelle Wood, according to the Columbia Association.
  • Kings Contrivance: There are no contested races. Two candidates are running with three seats open on the village board; the third will be determined after the election.
  • Long Reach has no contested races. Three candidates are running for three seats on the village board.
  • Oakland Mills Columbia Council candidate Reginald T. Avery is running unopposed. Eight candidates are running for eight seats on the village board.
  • Owen Brown Columbia Council candidate Andy Stack is running unopposed. Two candidates are running for two seats on the village board.
  • River Hill has three candidates running for four seats on the village board; the fourth will be filled by appointment.
  • Town Center Columbia Council candidates are Jeanne Ketley and Suzanne Waller. Two candidates are running for two seats on the village board.
  • Wilde Lake Columbia Council candidate Nancy McCord is running unopposed. There are five candidates for five seats on the village board.
Harry Schwarz April 26, 2014 at 07:13 AM
Thank you for your efforts to inform Columbian's about the election today. In many ways, voter apathy is one of the biggest problems we face in Columbia. Win or lose, I'm committed to addressing this before the next election.

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