Five Annapolis wards have contested races for alderman this year. (Wards 1, 2 and 4 are uncontested.) We asked the candidates to tell us in their own words why they thought they were the best person for the job:
Classie Gillis Hoyle (D)
I am the best person to represent Ward 3 on the City Council because I am accessible and responsive to constituents. I will bring experience and continuity to the next administration on issues such as financial management, city growth, economic stability, intergovernmental relations and transportation/traffic improvement.
I have been a member of the finance committee for eight years and chairwoman for three. During my tenure, the city has held down the tax rate, while maintaining public services and all public employees. The city's reserve fund is above 15%, which helped maintain a solid AA+ Bond rating.
Scott Bowling (R)
I believe it is time for a change in the City of Annapolis and I believe the citizens of Ward 3 deserve better. I will bring a fresh perspective and a common-sense approach as I fight for the issues and residents of Ward 3. The current administration has approved bloated budgets, been forced to borrow money to pay the bills, and become side-tracked by special interests from meeting the real needs of the citizens of Annapolis. As the next alderman for Ward 3, I will make sure that the people have a voice at the table and are part of the policy-making process.
Mathew Silverman (D)
I am the best candidate for alderman in Ward 5 of Annapolis City because of my sound financial background, fiscal responsibility, and over 13 years of public safety experience. I have spent five years as a firefighter and eight years as a police officer. I know exactly what it takes to create a safe and secure community. As a police officer, I have worked for and with the community. I have seen first hand what safety needs Annapolis has. I have a bachelor's in administration of justice and I am a master's candidate, with one class remaining, in criminal justice.
James M. Conley (R)
In Ward 5 and the city we face a crossroads with the mismanagement of City Hall in the last eight years. As one of the "reform" candidates, I believe I have the best skills to lead Ward 5 and they are as follows: 100% for the tax cap and will make it my first legislative priority (my opponent does not believe in the tax cap, sounds like business as usual). I believe we should have a manager/council form of government to eliminate cronyism. I devote countless community service hours to PAL, as a certified youth football coach, certified volunteer at St. Mary's Schools; appointed to Anne Arundel Workforce Development Board in 2008, reappointed 2009.
Kenny Kirby (D)
I was born in public housing and raised in Annapolis. My life reflects the struggles and challenges of the people in Ward 6. I have worked for the betterment of the community and children all my life.
My interest is in setting a new course for Ward 6. Reducing crime, maintaining a stable city budget and ensuring access to quality affordable housing for all.
Bringing programs and resources into the ward is critical. New educational opportunities, second-chance programs and fully utilizing the new Pip Moyer Rec center are examples.
Greg Stiverson (R)
A resident of Annapolis since 1975 with extensive management experience and community involvement, I understand fully the issues that face our city and Ward 6. We must restore trust in city government by eliminating cronyism, adopting nonpartisan city elections, and enacting strict campaign finance reform to curtail special interest groups. The council/city manager form of government will save money and promote professional management. The looming city budget deficits must be addressed by cutting expenses, not by adding to the high tax and fee burden already borne by residents. Improved and better promoted bus service is key to reducing traffic congestion.
Ian Pfeiffer (D)
For the last 15 years I have assisted members of Congress in shaping legislation to address hometown needs, and I now advocate on behalf of smaller cities, public sector organizations, and companies as they seek to have their voices heard in Washington. I believe the skills, policy expertise, and personal attributes I have honed working on the national level will allow me to make a strong contribution to our city.
As alderman, I will work to add transparency to our budget crafting process, tackle critical transportation challenges with innovative solutions, and support the police chief's efforts to lower crime rates.
Jennifer J. Monteith (R)
I live here, I work here, and I'm absolutely here for you! Annapolis resident for 21 years; 22 years executive management experience; business owner for nine years; bachelor's degree in political science, Kent State, 1987; master's degree in business, Johns Hopkins, 2000. I support a tax cap; council form of city manager government; reducing crime; re-development vs. new development; Smart Growth; environmentally friendly practices.
It's time to bring fiscal responsibility, good management and sound decision making to our local government.
Ross Harold Arnett III (D)
I am running on my 32 years of experience as a professional economist and manager, my long involvement with community organizations, and my three years as alderman for Ward 8, where I have had a leading role in improving public safety, fighting the city's budget bulge, and working for more effective management of the city.
As alderman, I worked to bring about a professional audit of our public safety resources and operations, which led to the appointment of a new police chief and significant improvements in crime prevention and law enforcement.
I co-authored a charter amendment to create a council manager form of government. I am committed - whether through legislation or ballot initiative - to bringing professional management to the city.
Rock Toews (R)
Annapolis politics needs fresh perspectives and a new beginning. I will be Ward 8's loyal advocate and representative if elected to the new City Council. I am a neighbor, without ties to local machine politics. I support a city property tax cap because City Hall has shown it needs a spending limit. I am an accountant and will scrutinize the budget. I own a small business and will be an advocate for local businesses. I value our history and will help preserve our neighborhood institutions. I will protect our maritime businesses and our world-famous boat shows. I am proud to have been endorsed by the Annapolis Tax Cap Petition Drive and the Annapolis Professional Fire Fighters - IAFF Local 1926.