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Howard Council votes on delayed nominations

Howard Council votes on delayed nominations

The Howard County Council last week voted on two nominations to county boards that had been on hold for several months — and for a second time since Susan Garber's nomination to the Planning Board was voted down, politics has played a role in the decisions.

Ivan Betancourt, an accountant and volunteer firefighter, was confirmed as the newest member of the county's Human Rights Commission last week, with a vote of 4-1, while Kimberly Hartman, the executive director of the Columbia Pregnancy Center, was not as fortunate. Her nomination to the Local Children's Board was rejected by the council in a 1-4 vote. Both candidates were nominated by County Executive Allan Kittleman, a...