Ten people submitted applications to the Anne Arundel County Council by Friday's deadline for candidates to fill the seat vacated by former Councilman Daryl D. Jones.
The applicants are: Lewis A. Bracey, a retired police officer from Hanover; Gloria J. Criss, a retired federal worker from Severn; Vicki L. Fleming, a retired federal worker from Hanover; Richard W. "Rik" Forgo, an Air Force veteran from Linthicum; David R. Hlass of Hanover, a salesman; David M. Jones, a utilities analyst; Mary M. Rosso, a former delegate from Brooklyn Park; Peter I. Smith, a federal worker from Severn; Michael J. Wagner, a former delegate and senator from Ferndale; and Steven D. Wyatt, a federal worker from Linthicum.
Daryl Jones, a Severn Democrat, began serving a five-month federal prison sentence last month on a single charge of failing to file a tax return. The council voted unanimously to declare his seat vacant, though Jones has sued the county in hopes of regaining his seat. The lawsuit is pending.
The applicants have been meeting with members of the council in informal interviews for the past few weeks. According to county code, when a vacancy arises, the council must choose a replacement by majority vote. The new member must be a Democrat and live in District 1.
The council will choose its newest member during a public meeting Thursday night.
Councilman Richard B. "Dick" Ladd, a Republican from Broadneck, said he's met with about half of the applicants and plans to meet with the rest next week. He said he's been impressed with some of the candidates, who have submitted lists of signatures supporting their application.
"It's a very diverse group of people," said Ladd. "I've been trying to think, 'If I lived in District 1, who would I vote for?'"
Ladd said he wants someone who has been engaged in community issues.
"This is a job that you come into and you grow in," said Ladd. "You don't find many people walking around who have all the experience and can hit the ground running."
Councilman John J. Grasso, a Glen Burnie Republican, said he met with some of the candidates and spoke on the phone with others, but has no favorites.
"You find good and bad with each of them — from political baggage to not living in the neighborhood for as long as they should, as far as I'm concerned. Living here for five, six years, and you want to represent 75,000 people? That's not good enough for me," said Grasso, who said he didn't think a renter should be able to be on the council. "Every one of them has something I don't like about them."Copyright © 2015, CT Now