Anne Arundel County News Briefs

Cohen leads fundraising in Annapolis elections

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen has raised the most money this summer of any candidate running for election in the state capital this fall, according to campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Cohen raised $35,000 for his re-election campaign during the June 25-Aug. 18 reporting period, on top of $32,000 he already had in the bank.

Cohen reported spending about $42,000 — leaving him with nearly $25,000 on hand going into the fall elections.

Cohen's opponent in the Democratic primary, Bevin Buchheister, raised nearly $11,000. She also accepted $10,100 worth of loans from her husband to pay for printing.

Buchheister, who entered the race at the beginning of August, spent a little more than $14,000, leaving her with a cash balance of $6,850.

On the Republican side, mayoral candidate Mike Pantelides has raised the most: $30,551. In addition, he has loaned his campaign a little more than $6,000.

Pantelides has spent a little more than $16,000, leaving him with about $20,500 on hand.

Republican Bob O'Shea raised a little more than $3,000 and loaned his campaign nearly $12,000. He reported a cash balance of less than $6,000.

Republican Frank Bradley signed an affidavit saying he did not receive or spend more than $100, so he did not need to file a report.

Candidates for alderman also filed reports Tuesday; the most reported raised was $13,455 by Rhonda Pindell Charles, a Democrat running unopposed in Ward 3.

There also now is an additional candidate for the city council. Allen Furth was nominated by the Republican Party to run in Ward 1 last week, after no Republican had filed. Furth raised no money but loaned his campaign $275.

Reports were not posted online from Alderman Fred Paone and Alderman Kenneth Kirby, who are running for re-election, and Alderwoman Classie Hoyle, who is not running for re-election. The campaign finance reports are posted on the city's website,, under the "Elections 2103" section.

The primary election is scheduled for Sept. 17 with the general election Nov. 5.

—Pamela Wood

Arnold health club to become Greater Annapolis Family Center Y

The Y of Central Maryland will operate its first family center in Anne Arundel beginning Sept. 19 when it converts the Big Vanilla Athletic Club in Arnold into the Greater Annapolis Family Center Y.

Terms of the purchase from LAR LLC, owners of Big Vanilla, were not disclosed. A spokeswoman for the Y said staff of the 80,000-square-foot Arnold health and fitness club, about 200 employees total, will be offered positions with the Y.

Big Vanilla has about 9,000 members at the Arnold location, and all memberships will be honored by the Y, the spokeswoman said.

In addition to the Arnold site, Big Vanilla operates another club in Pasadena. Owner Larry Ray will continue to operate that site, according to a news release from the Y. As for the Y takeover of the Arnold location, Ray said in the release, "I know that I am leaving the business I built in the hands of an organization that will do good for the community."

The Y has summer camps and before- and after-school programs in Anne Arundel, but has not previously operated a family center in the county. Family centers typically provide daily health and wellness activities, weekly classes and programs for all ages.

Michelle Reedy, who has served as a director at Y family centers in Ellicott City in Howard County, and Parkville and Perry Hall in Baltimore County, has been named district executive director for the Annapolis center.

—Sun staff reports

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