Annapolis elects its first woman mayor;
Dougherty ousts incumbent in Frederick
From Staff And Wire Reports
Originally published November 7, 2001
Democrat Ellen O. Moyer defeated Republican and fellow City Council
member Herbert H. McMillan yesterday to become the next mayor of
Annapolis and the first woman to head the historic city.
Last night's unofficial totals showed that Moyer defeated McMillan by
taking about 55 percent of the vote - 4,102 to 3,404.
Meanwhile, in Frederick, businesswoman and Democrat Jennifer
Dougherty ousted two-term GOP incumbent James S. Grimes by a 60-40
margin in a mayoral race laced with scandal, and colored by accusations
of ethical lapses and inexperience.
Grimes, 60, railed against Dougherty, 40, as not having the credentials
lead the town of 52,000 people. Dougherty portrayed Grimes, a trucking
magnate, as a secretive administrator bent more on enriching friends than
serving the public.
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
contended that it broke a law prohibiting city employees from politicking
while acting in their official capacities.
Grimes has weathered plenty of disputes. 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
Annapolis' mayor-elect, 65, who has served as the council representative
from Eastport, launched a well-financed and highly organized campaign
against McMillan, who knocked incumbent Mayor Dean L. Johnson out
of the race in the Sept. 11 primary.
Moyer thanked backers in a celebration last night at an Eastport
restaurant, where the crowd included included legislators, former mayors,
state officials and County Executive Janet S. Owens, who declared to
cheers, "Women rule in Anne Arundel County!"
Moyer, a retired lobbyist for the Maryland State Teachers Association,
easily beat four challengers in the Democratic primary, including former
Mayor Alfred A. Hopkins.
McMillan, who ousted incumbent Dean L. Johnson in the Republican
primary, conceded in a speech before friends, family and supporters in his
Hunt Meadow home, then went to Moyer's victory party to congratulate
The 43-year-old Naval Academy graduate, airline pilot and Navy
Reserves commander promised to continue to "frame the debate" during
Meanwhile, four incumbents were returned to their seats on the city
council, which will maintain its 7-2 Democratic majority, and include three
African-Americans, the most minority members at once on the council.
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