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Snowden to lose seat on Annapolis housing board

The mayor of Annapolis says he will not reappoint civil rights activist Carl O. Snowden to the board that oversees public housing communities in the city.

Mayor Mike Pantelides sent a letter to Snowden on Wednesday indicating he would not reappoint Snowden to the Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis when his term expires at the end of the month. He has not announced who he will nominate to replace Snowden.

Snowden, 61, was appointed to the authority's board in 2009 and is the board's chairman. He could not immediately be reached Wednesday.

The housing authority manages nearly 800 units that house 2,500 residents.

Pantelides had said during his mayoral campaign last year that he would not support Snowden, a longtime local civil rights figure who also has had brushes with the law. Pantelides said members of the authority's board should be held to the same standards as residents who live in housing authority homes.

Snowden was convicted in 2012 on a marijuana possession charge in Baltimore, though he later succeeded in having the conviction switched to probation before judgment, according to court records. The marijuana charge led to a violation of probation in an earlier drunken-driving case and Snowden served a week in an Anne Arundel County jail in 2013.

Snowden had worked for the Office of the Attorney General as the office's civil rights director from 2006 until he resigned in 2012 in the wake of the marijuana conviction. At the time, Snowden described his departure as a retirement.

Snowden remains involved with the local NAACP and an annual Martin Luther King Jr. awards banquet. He also is the organizer of the Caucus of African-American Leaders. He also served three terms as an Annapolis alderman.

The mayor's decision was first reported by The Capital.

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