Annapolis elects Moyer 1st woman mayor
Dougherty ousts incumbent in Frederick
The Associated Press
Originally published November 6, 2001, 9:56 PM EST
Voters in Annapolis elected Ellen O. Moyer Tuesday as the state capital’s
first female mayor, and businesswoman Jennifer Dougherty ousted
two-term incumbent James S. Grimes in Frederick’s mayoral race.
Dougherty, a restaurant and gift shop owner who has never held public
office, had 5,555 votes, or 60 percent, to Grimes’ 3,721, or 40 percent,
with all but absentee ballots tallied Tuesday night.
Celebrating at her restaurant, Democrat Dougherty said: "We are very
encouraged by the idea people want to move beyond the issues that have
concerned us in the past. People definitely want a fresh approach."
The race, laced with scandal, was colored by accusations of ethical lapses
and inexperience: Grimes, 60, railed against Dougherty, 40, as not having
the credentials to lead the town of 52,000 people. Dougherty portrayed
Grimes as a secretive administrator bent more on enriching friends than
serving the public.
Grimes, a wealthy trucking magnate and Republican with two decades in
various public offices, tried to convince voters that he has the political
background to guide the city for the next four years.
Dougherty delivered one of her sharpest jabs Monday after the city ethics
commission refused to reveal its decision on whether a Grimes campaign
ad violated ethics rules.
The ad featured city department heads praising Grimes’ emergency
preparedness measures after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Dougherty
claimed that the ad broke a law that prohibits city employees from
politicking while acting in their official capacities.
Grimes has weathered plenty of controversy. During his current term, the
city settled two federal civil rights lawsuits, lost a police chief who sent an
officer to spy on a critic, and went to court to fight the release of client
lists confiscated from an escort service that reportedly serviced public
Those records, known locally as the "black book," remained secret on
Election Day after Judge G. Edward Dwyer of Frederick County Circuit
Court declined to release them to news organizations without certain
restrictions on their use.
In Annapolis, Moyer received 4,102 votes, or 55 percent, to Republican
Herb McMillan’s 3,404 votes, or 45 percent.
Moyer, 65, a 14-year member of the Annapolis City Council, easily beat
four challengers in the Demo cratic primary, including former Mayor
McMillan, 43, is a commercial airline pilot and Naval Academy graduate
who won his first term on the council in 1997. He narrowly defeated
incumbent Mayor Dean Johnson in a bitter, head-to-head primary
Moyer promised to be a consensus builder as mayor, and boasted of
working closely with Gov. Parris N. Glendening, Anne Arundel County
Executive Janet S. Owens and the area’s legislative representatives.
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