Election of NAACP leader awaits contested ballots


The re-election of longtime President Jean Creek of the Anne Arundel County NAACP remained in jeopardy yesterday as officials tried to check 54 contested ballots from Wednesday night's election.

Mrs. Creek of Severna Park defeated Gerald Stansbury of Annapolis by three votes, said Carl O. Snowden, an Annapolis alderman who has been active in the group.

Mr. Snowden said his ballot is one of those being contested because his name did not appear on a membership list and he did not have his membership card.

He said Mr. Stansbury was the first serious challenger Mrs. Creek has faced in 18 years. The election was open to all active members. Between 400 and 500 members voted, officials said.

The group has 72 hours to declare a winner.

Kirby McKinney, who was brought in by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People to observe the election, said, "As far as I'm concerned, we need to move on, and it's not a matter of who won." Mr. McKinney said he did not see any election impropriety.

In November, Mrs. Creek beat Mr. Stansbury by 11 votes. He challenged the results, and the national office called for a new election.

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