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Harford County Councilwoman Veronica L. "Roni" Chenowith was said to be recovering yesterday after being rushed to the hospital just before the start of a meeting Tuesday night.

Chenowith, 68, recently received a diagnosis of leukemia and has been undergoing chemotherapy. She has vowed to run for a fourth term on the council representing the Fallston area.

About 7:30 p.m., Chenowith said she was running a fever and experiencing shortness of breath - possibly because of a change in medication - and was taken to Upper Chesapeake Medical Center, said Councilman Lance C. Miller, who accompanied her to the hospital. The 911 call reported respiratory distress, emergency officials said.

"She's still at the hospital, but she was sitting up and feeling better [last night]," Miller said yesterday.

The scene in the council chambers rattled several people who were there, but the meeting continued. Some have expressed concern quietly in recent weeks that Chenowith was trying to do too much after her diagnosis two months ago. She faces three Republican challengers in the September primary.

"She's a fighter, and give her credit, but at some point her primary concern should be her health and well-being," Councilman Dion F. Guthrie said.

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