Bill D. Burlison, who ran unsuccessfully for the House of Delegates in the past two elections, has announced he will seek the County Council seat for the 4th District, which includes West County.
Mr. Burlison, who in 1990 was elected to the Maryland Democratic Central Committee, said he will focus on the new cap on property taxes and will urge council members to not only forgo a salary increase this year, but take a 5 percent pay cut.
"First, it would be a signal to voters that we got the 'cap' message and secondly, it would reverse the trend to make the council a full-time job at full-time pay for full-time politicians," Mr. Burlison said in a written statement.
Mr. Burlison, a former congressman from Missouri, is vying for the seat that will be left vacant by council Chairman David G. Boschert, who must give up his seat next fall because of term limits.
Mr. Burlison, who lives in Odenton and has a law office in Crofton, also said the school board should have "unfettered discretion in spending available school funds," crime will be a "lightning rod" issue, and the council has "dragged its feet for years" on finding a site for a new detention center.