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Fast decision requested in redistricting suit

Annapolis' former mayor yesterday formally asked the Circuit Court to expedite its decision on a suit filed last week that disputes how the city drew up councilmanic districts.

A motion filed by Dennis Callahan requests "a swift resolution" of the suit filed by Bertina Nick and Michael T. Brown contesting the way the city drew up its councilmanic boundaries.

The suit, filed May 21, alleges that Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins and the city council violated the city charter at a Jan. 27 hearing on the boundaries when they refused to take sworn testimony, allow witnesses to be cross-examined and admit as evidence data submitted by witnesses.

In his motion, Mr. Callahan "is urging a swift resolution of the dispute in this matter."

Mr. Callahan plans to run as an independent candidate, and to do that he must collect the signatures of 500 registered city voters by Aug. 2, said H. Richard Duden III, his attorney.

There must be 50 signers from each of the city's eight wards and

100 in addition to that, Mr. Duden said.

Mr. Duden said that to gather the needed signatures, Mr. Callahan must know as soon as possible which voters live in which councilmanic wards.

"We're concerned that the action of the mayor has really put people in the jackpot in terms of the election, and knowing what's going on," Mr. Duden said.

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