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Meskin withdraws challenge

The Baltimore Sun

Stephen Meskin, a candidate who unsuccessfully bid for a seat on the Columbia Association board representing Town Center, has withdrawn his challenge in the election that left him trailing by 13 votes.

Meskin, an actuary with a doctorate in mathematics, sent a letter to the village board Friday withdrawing his challenge, said Patricia Laidig, village manager. Calls to Meskin were not returned.

Suzanne Waller finished first in the race for the seat previously occupied by Gail Broida, who opted not to run for another term. Waller topped Meskin 134-121 in the April 26 election.

Voters cast 259 ballots, according to the Town Center village board. Four absentee ballots could not be verified, so 255 votes were counted.

"I trusted the outcome," Waller said in an interview. "I didn't have any need to question anything."

Still, Waller said she was not surprised when Meskin questioned the balloting, given the close vote.

"I doubt I would have called for a recount," she said. "But, he's an actuary and a man who deals with numbers, so I don't know what was going on in his mind. I didn't take it personally."

Waller, who said she moved to Columbia in 1969, served on the Columbia Assocation board for four years during the 1990s.

She said she views a key piece of her role as focusing on the good things that Columbia has and bringing a sense of collegiality, congeniality and collaboration to the board.

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