Columbia Council to have four open seats

THE BALTIMORE SUN

Two more members of the Columbia Council have said they will not seek re-election, bringing to four the number of seats that will be open in next month's communitywide elections.

Alex Hekimian of Oakland Mills and Chuck Rees of Kings Contrivance will retire from the council -- the Columbia Association's highest governing body -- at the end of April.

Hekimian, a former Alliance for a Better Columbia (ABC) activist who would have faced a challenge from Oakland Mills Village Board Chairman Earl Jones, has served three years on the council.

"It's a good time for me to take a break," Hekimian said.

Rees, another one-time ABC leader and the only council representative to vote against CA's fiscal year 2000 budget last month, has served a total of four years.

The retirements mean that at least four of Columbia's 10 villages will elect new representatives -- double the number from last year.

Council Chairwoman Norma Rose of Wilde Lake and Co-Vice Chairman David W. Berson of River Hill have said they will not run again.

Residents will vote for council representatives and village board members April 17.

Pub Date: 3/12/99

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