For all the good residents of Columbia, it is now time to pivot. Yes, the ink has hardly dried on the 2012 Maryland Primary elections and all the punditry, pontification and prognostication (postnostication??) is still hanging in the air. However, the Columbia Village Elections are just a little over two weeks away, April 21, 2012. In a few Villages, absentee voting is already underway.
Given this short election window, its time to start paying attention. What’s going on in your neighborhood? I certainly would like to hear what you think. From a big picture standpoint, we know that the Columbia Association is planning to remove tot lots around town. Other CA topics include the proposed legislative changes to the Maryland Homeowners Association Act (CA proposes that this would also change how the Columbia Villages are seen by the state act), Symphony Woods Park, the Connecting Columbia pathways initiative, and lake dredging.
On the local level, I believe almost every Village Board has embarked on a Village Center Community Plan. How is that going in your Village?
Have I missed something? I am certain that I have, but now is the time to start thinking. I have done a little preliminary work on the Village elections, and the election season kicks off tonight, in Wilde Lake. The Wilde Lake Community Association is having a candidate’s night this evening, starting at 7:30 pm. On a personal note, for the first time in nine years my name will not be on the Wilde Lake ballot. Please stop by and meet the people that will serve on the Wilde Lake Village Board and the new Wilde Lake Columbia Council representative.
As far the rest of Columbia, details so far are a bit sketchy. Now I believe it is a safe bet that a few Villages are coordinating their election launch with the Thursday April 5, 2012 edition of the Columbia Flier; so more information should be forthcoming, and soon.
As of today, the following Village Candidate Nights have been scheduled:
Oakland Mills Candidates Night – April 10, 2012
Hickory Ridge Candidates Night – April 16, 2012
Owen Brown Candidates Night – April 17, 2012
Kings Contrivance Candidates Night – April 18, 2012
As I said before, I hope we hear soon about the Candidate’s Nights in Long Reach, Harper’s Choice, Dorsey’s Search, Town Center, and River Hill.
As far as other election resources, a few Wilde Lake, River Hill, and Long Reach have already posted Candidate statements in their local newsletters. Also available on the Village Websites is information on the activities surrounding Village Election Day. Specifically, I would encourage residents of Hickory Ridge to visit their Village Website.
So in closing, now that the primary election is over, let the election season begin!