The list of candidates running in the Annapolis mayoral primary Sept. 20 is set.
Mayor Ellen O. Moyer has no Democratic challenger for the primary as she seeks her second term. Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. is the lone Republican. Gilbert Renaut, a trial lawyer soon to retire from the U.S. Department of Energy, has filed a petition as an independent. The filing deadline was Monday, according to city elections administrator Norma Stapleton.
Kelley, a former ally of Moyer who switched parties earlier this year, contends the mayor has done little to spread the city's wealth to the poorer residents. He questions her people skills with political foes.
Moyer, a former teacher and community activist, was elected the city's first female mayor in 2001 after serving 14 years on the City Council. She's running on a platform of having improved the city's police and fire departments and its financial outlook in her first term.
The Rev. Charles Simms, a retired United Methodist minister, had planned to challenge Moyer on the Democratic ticket as an advocate for the black community he felt the mayor had neglected, but he never registered. The general election is Nov. 8.
Couser on Duncan Team
Jody Couser has left her job as director of communications for Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens (D) to work for another Maryland political star: Douglas M. Duncan (D).
As of this week, she is the spokesman for Duncan's all-but-declared gubernatorial campaign. Duncan is currently the Montgomery County executive.
Matt Diehl, who had been the number two in the communications office, is now the acting director.
Couser, a 32-year-old Annapolis native, went to work for Owens in 2002. Before that she was the public information officer for the American Medical Association.
If he runs, Duncan is likely to face Baltimore Mayor Martin O'Malley (D), who is also considering running.
"I'm looking forward to helping him get his message out and share his vision for the future of our great state," Couser said of Duncan.
A City Dock TV Wedding?
The national spotlight could shine on Annapolis's City Dock if it is chosen by viewers of NBC's "Today" show as the wedding site for a Southern Maryland couple.
Other potential sites in the state include the Evergreen House on the campus of Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, St. Mary's College of Maryland in St. Mary's County and Kent Island's Chesapeake Bay Beach Club.
The couple, Mark Dale, 26, of Lusby, and Sarah Raley, 23, of Valley Lee, are to be married next month. The voting ends today at noon.