15 apply for vacant City Council seat

Fifteen people have applied to fill the vacant 11th District seat on Baltimore City's Council, according to the office of City Council President Bernard C. "Jack" Young. 
They are: 
  • Melanie A. Ambridge, a former board member of the South Baltimore Neighborhood Association
  • Darroll Cribb, CEO of The Humanitarian, Inc.
  • Eric T. Costello, president of the Federal Hill Neighborhood Association
  • Julie K. Dunham Howie, a development director at Payne Theological Seminary
  • Shannon Laurie Keeny, a board member of the Locust Point Civic Association
  • John Kucskar, a deputy legal counsel to Gov. Martin O'Malley
  • Rob LaPin, a former teacher and House of Delegates candidate
  • Arthur McGreevy, a lawyer at Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White LLC
  • Harry F. Preston, V, a teacher of the year at Edmondson Westside High
  • William Romani, founding board member of non-profit One House at a Time and former House of Delegates candidate
  • Gregory Sileo, Locust Point Civic Association President 
  • Benjamin R. Smith, student body president at University of Maryland School of Law and a field director on the Brian Frosh campaign for attorney general
  • David Stone, vice chairman of the Baltimore City school board
  • Shannon Sullivan, board member of the Riverside community association
  • Anthony F. Vittoria, a lawyer at the Ober|Kaler firm

The seat became vacant when Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake selected Councilman Bill Cole to become the director of the Baltimore Development Corporation. The 11th District includes the downtown, Federal Hill and Bolton Hill neighborhoods.

A 13-member committee, whose chairman is City Councilman Carl Stokes, will now consider the 15 applicants. The committee will hold a meeting at 4:30 p.m. today to discuss procedures.


On Tuesday of next week at 6 p.m., the committee will hear testimony about the candidates. The meetings are open to the public, and residents are invited to sign up to speak. Those wishing to submitwritten testimony can send it to: Larry Greene, Office of Council Services, 100 N. Holliday Street, Room 415, Baltimore, MD 21202 or

Once the committee recommends a candidate, the full City Council will vote on the nominee.