Annapolis aldermen propose resolution against Peroutka

Two Annapolis aldermen are asking their city council colleagues to denounce the views of a candidate for County Council — even though the candidate is running for a district that doesn't include Annapolis.

Alderman Kenny Kirby and Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson, both Democrats, will introduce a resolution at Monday night's city council meeting regarding Republican Anne Arundel County Council candidate Michael Anthony Peroutka and what they say are his "extremist views on civil rights and public education."


"I felt the need to inform the community about candidates who may be contrary to what the city stands for," Finlayson said.

The resolution says Peroutka has expressed a "lack of support for public education" and has "stated he believes certain federal civil rights laws are unconstitutional."


In blog posts and speeches, Peroutka, the nominee for a district that includes Severna Park, Arnold and Broadneck, has said civil rights are "make believe" compared to God-given rights that government should protect, and that public schools have been designed to destroy America.

He has also come under fire for his membership in the League of the South, a group that states among its goals the eventual secession of Southern states.

On Friday, Peroutka dismissed the resolution as grandstanding by opportunistic politicians. He said the aldermen should be focused on fixing problems of schools and taxes instead of attacking his candidacy.

"These people have never spoken to me. They don't know who I am," Peroutka said.

Peroutka is a retired debt-collection attorney from Millersville who ran for president as a member of the Constitution Party in 2004. He is co-founder of the Institute on the Constitution, an organization that hosts lectures and seminars promoting a theocratic view of government.

He's opposed in his council race by Democrat Patrick Armstrong, a retail manager from Arnold, who said Peroutka "does not represent the views of most Anne Arundel County residents."

The district Peroutka and Armstrong are vying to represent does not include neighborhoods within Annapolis city limits, but Kirby and Finlayson said their resolution is appropriate for the city council to consider.

Their resolution notes "the City of Annapolis and its residents have an interest in who serves on the Anne Arundel County Council" and "it is in the public interest of all citizens for Mr. Peroutka's views to be known."


Introduction of the resolution is on the agenda for Monday's meeting, 7 p.m. at City Hall, 160 Duke of Gloucester St.