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Josh Cohen

Arundel council shoots down proposal for special elections to fill vacancies

Anne Arundel County Councilman Chris Trumbauer said this past week's failure to adopt a special election to replace council members who leave office early was his most disappointing moment in politics.

"This was an opportunity to restore the power to the people," Trumbauer said. "This is America; we should be able to say who represents us."

Trumbauer, an Annapolis Democrat, proposed holding special elections for council vacancies if there's at least one year left in the term. The effort failed at Monday's council meeting.

The proposal would have put the proposal on November's ballot for voters to decide as an amendment to the county's charter. But...