High court affirms power of Arundel Democrats over House delegation


The three-month struggle for control of Anne Arundel County's delegation to the House of Delegates ended yesterday when the state's highest court sided with the county's Democrats, settling a dispute that hinged on the voting power of delegates whose district straddles two counties.

"That's it," said Republican Del. Donald H. Dwyer Jr. "The court has spoken and I will reluctantly concede. Reluctantly."

The ruling means Democrats will retain a majority in the 15-member delegation until at least the 2006 election.

Late last year, Dwyer and fellow freshman Republican Del. Herbert H. McMillan filed a lawsuit against delegation Chairwoman Del. Mary Ann Love, a Democrat. They contended that Love and the Democrats acted illegally to maintain control of the delegation despite losses in the November election.

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