Coyle wins another CA board term in Harper's Choice

Cynthia Coyle will return for another two-year term representing Harper's Choice on the Columbia Association board after winning a close election Saturday over challenger Robert Fontaine.

Coyle, a Hobbit's Glen resident, received 198 votes, while Fontaine, of Swansfield, received 171.


Harper's Choice was the lone contested race of the six CA board seats up for election this year. There were few contested races in the village board elections as well: Only three villages had more candidates than open seats.

One of those villages, Hickory Ridge, failed to reach a quorum and will need to hold another election day.


Village elections in Hickory Ridge require a minimum of 330 votes, and the April 21 election came up 60 short, according to village manager Jessamine Duvall. The village has not reached its minimum in past elections as well.

Residents who have not voted already will be able to fill out ballots May 7 between 7 and 8 p.m. Any votes received will be added to the previous totals and will constitute a quorum, even if there still are not 330 voters combined, Duvall said.

Six candidates are running for five one-year seats: Robert O'Brien and incumbents John Bailey, Miles Coffman, Linda Hitzelberger, Tom Louden and Michelle Wood. The incumbents will remain in office through the second election day.

Incumbents retained their seats in the other two villages with contested board races.

In Harper's Choice, Claire Albert (278 votes), Clare Brooks (265) and Alicia Kong (256) won two-year terms. Challenger Martha Szollos received 183 votes. A total of 375 votes were cast, according to village manager Wendy Tzuker.

In Town Center, Linda Wengel (172 votes) and Helen Ruther (120 votes) won two-year terms. Challenger Mohan Ray received 81 votes. A total of 213 votes were cast, according to village manager Patricia Laidig.