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Howard Johnson
Elkridge residents want redistricting to preserve their clout

Elkridge residents don't want the once-per-decade redrawing of County Council district lines to dilute their political influence, but some wonder if the interests of the county's oldest community are tied more closely to those of Ellicott City's in District 1 or to the rest of the U.S. 1 corridor, which is now divided among three districts. More than two dozen Elkridge residents and several people from Ellicott City filled a room Monday night at the Elkridge Library to tell Howard County's redistricting commission to keep communities intact in one district, though only four people chose to speak. It was a much better turnout than at the commission's first public...