Laurel City Council candidates

Below are profiles about the candidates running in the upcoming election for Laurel City Council. Candidates Nicholas, Ricks and Smith are Ward 1; candidates Crary, Matthews and Smalls are Ward 2; and candidates Leszcz and Rousseau are at-large.

Voter turn out drops in contested City Council election

Voter turn out drops in contested City Council election

Although all seats were contested in the Tuesday, Nov. 5, Laurel City Council elections, turnout was nearly half the number of voters in the 2011 city elections.  Read more ...

Our picks for the Laurel City Council elections [Endorsements]

Our picks for the Laurel City Council elections [Endorsements]

The federal shutdown this fall was a tough lesson in how coming to agreement is important to getting things done. When the five City Council incumbents answered questions at the Laurel Board of Trade's public candidates forum last week, their answers were nearly always made in agreement with one another. And while it would have been nice to hear what they didn't agree on, they have found enough common ground to effectively govern the city as a council in the last two years.  Read more ...

Voter's guide to candidates in Laurel's Nov. 5 election

Voter's guide to candidates in Laurel's Nov. 5 election

Each candidate was asked to provide the same information for the voter's guide. Their responses are below:  Read more ...

Crary striving to cultivate greener Laurel

Crary striving to cultivate greener Laurel

Looking back on her five years on the Laurel City Council, Donna Crary said there is one thing she is particularly proud of helping the city grow — its green initiatives.  Read more ...

Leszcz trumpets steadiness and scope of interests

Leszcz trumpets steadiness and scope of interests

Michael Leszcz still remembers when he first decided to run for the Laurel City Council in the early 1990s.  Read more ...

Matthews running on advocacy for youth and seniors

Matthews running on advocacy for youth and seniors

Thomas Matthews says that growing up in the 1960s in Laurel's historically black Grove community, the Laurel Boys and Girls Club was instrumental in his life.  Read more ...

For Nicholas, service is a calling, 'not a job'

For Nicholas, service is a calling, 'not a job'

Despite having almost three years of City Council service under her belt, Valerie Nicholas still considers herself somewhat of a newcomer to the ranks of city politics.  Read more ...

Candidate profile

Ricks pushes development, lower tax rate, in re-election bid

Ricks pushes development, lower tax rate, in re-election bid

A lot has changed since Edward Ricks last ran for re-election to the Laurel City Council.  Read more ...

Rousseau wants to give youth a 'voice at the table'

Rousseau wants to give youth a 'voice at the table'

When City Council candidate Adrian Rousseau was defeated by incumbent at-large Council member Michael Leszcz in the 2011 City Council election, he said he was disappointed but not deterred.  Read more ...

Council president running on ability to build consensus

Council president running on ability to build consensus

When you ask Fred Smalls how long he's served on the Laurel City Council, don't be surprised if it takes him a moment.  Read more ...

Council candidate Smith sees himself as  'regular guy'

Council candidate Smith sees himself as 'regular guy'

With a name like John Smith, the shtick about being the "every man" writes itself.  Read more ...

City to demonstrate voting machines Oct. 31

Voters can see how the city's electronic voting machine system operates at a demonstration this week. The system will be used for the upcoming City Council elections.  Read more ...

Lots of questions, few challengers at Laurel council candidates forum

Lots of questions, few challengers at Laurel council candidates forum

Candidates in the Nov. 5 City Council elections discussed capping development, addressing traffic concerns and revisiting the dog park fee at the Laurel Board of Trade's candidate forum on Monday at the Laurel Municipal Center.  Read more ...

Deadline for absentee ballot in Laurel elections is Oct. 29

The deadline for city residents to file for an absentee ballot in the Nov. 5 City Council elections is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29.  Read more ...

Laurel senior encourages votes for Council member Fred Smalls [Letter]

On Tuesday, Nov. 5, we are going to the polls to elect our Laurel City Council. Fred Smalls is running for re-election for Laurel Ward 2. Mr. Smalls has served all constituents of Laurel well. Laurel is being revitalized and citizens are anxiously awaiting the opening of the newly renovated mall. Mr. Smalls is a family man who is committed to all constituents in Laurel that need it. He provides assistance even if you may have to go to the seat of government in Annapolis. He goes beyond the call of duty for all constituents including boys and girls.  Read more ...

City allowing candidates to file late indicative of systemic ails [Letter]

Having been a longtime city of Laurel resident, I am concerned that we caved in and allowed candidates who had enough time to fill out their forms completely by the deadline to run in the next election ("Laurel elections board finalizes November ballot." Oct. 10). I certainly hope that when people turn out to vote in the next election for City Council members they ask themselves if they want someone who cannot complete a simple form in charge of our tax money. The reason given [by Board of Election Supervisors John Kish] in the article by Luke Lavoie was the deadline was extended for the challengers to be fair and [Kish] "chalked the incompleteness up to the challengers' inexperience." So I repeat, ask yourself if you want people running our city who cannot fill in their address, where they work, or how much debt they owe, and who do not show up for monthly City Hall meetings and voice their concerns. These individuals will show up with their hand out and demand that the city hand over our hard-earned tax money to the Laurel Boys and Girls Club, but from what I have seen have done nothing to better the club over the past few years.  Read more ...

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