Democrat Laurie Taylor-Mitchell, a professor and local activist, last week formally announced a bid to run for the Baltimore County Council seat now held by Republican County Councilman Todd Huff.
In an statement, Taylor-Mitchell called the district, which covers the county's northern end, "a unique, special area." She held her first fundraiser at a supporter's home in Towson last week, where she was joined by Del. Steve Lafferty, a Democrat who endorsed her.
"We can do a better job of re-investing in our business districts and maintaining quality retail areas such as the York Road corridor, including Hunt Valley," she said. "We also need to promote quality housing in the developed areas of the district. At the same time, our open spaces protect the reservoirs that supply our drinking water, and that of the city, from pollution caused by overdevelopment."
Taylor-Mitchell has been an advocate for improving school infrastructure and has worked on local land preservation issues. She said she has decided to leave her job teaching art history at Hood College to focus on her campaign and community service.
Longtime Del. Wade Kach, a Republican, announced plans in May to run for the council seat.
Huff, a Lutherville resident, was elected in 2010 and plans to run for re-election.