Moyer Outpaces Independent, GOP Challengers to Retain Office
By Ray Rivera
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 9, 2005; B04
Annapolis Mayor Ellen Moyer withstood punishing attacks on her
leadership style to win a second term yesterday.
Moyer (D), the city's first female mayor, won by a healthy margin over
independent challenger Gilbert Renaut, with 100 percent of the ballots
counted in all eight wards, according to unofficial vote totals. The
GOP challenger, Alderman George O. Kelley Sr. (Ward 4), was a distant
With all but one of eight aldermanic races up for grabs, the mayor lost
an important ally but appeared to pick up others to retain the narrow
majority she has enjoyed in key City Council votes the last four years.
Moyer awaited the results last night at O'Brien's Oyster Bar and
Restaurant with a large crowd of supporters. "There are a lot of
challenges ahead, and we're going to have to work with the council and
the people to meet those challenges," she said in an interview.
Growth, traffic and taxes were key issues in the mayor's race. But it
was Moyer's governing style that provided the hottest button. Her
sometimes acerbic manner and testy exchanges with aldermen made for
feisty City Council meetings.
The campaign also saw an unusual shift in alliances as GOP hopefuls in
at least three wards publicly embraced Renaut, virtually ignoring
Kelley. Doug Burkhardt in Ward 1, Mike Christman in Ward 2 and Laura
Townsend in Ward 7 all issued campaign fliers last week supporting
Although unusual, local political observers said, the shift reflected a
city in which political loyalties often are driven more by personality
than party affiliation.
Renaut, Burkhardt, Townsend and Christman also shared the same campaign
strategist and issued a flurry of nearly identical campaign literature
in the final days of the race, attacking the mayor's record on crime,
spending and development.
Among the claims in some of the fliers was that Moyer had overseen the
"largest expansion of traffic, development, taxes, spending and crime
in the history of modern-day Annapolis."
Moyer campaign officials said the claims were patently false. Crime has
gone down in the city, and although there is an abundance of
construction, including the mammoth Park Place and Westbridge Village
retail and condominium complexes, most of it was approved before Moyer
Christman was the only one of the anti-Moyer alliance to win his
alderman's race, defeating Debbie Rosen McKerrow. Burkhardt lost to
Richard E. Israel (D), and Townsend lost to Sam Shropshire (D). Israel
and Shropshire both support Moyer.
Incumbent Cynthia Carter (D), another Moyer supporter, lost her seat in
Ward 6 to independent Julie Stankivic. Wayne Taylor (D) beat Tyrone
Furman (R) to fill the Ward 4 seat vacated by Kelley. Incumbent Joshua
Cohen (D) beat Regina Linton (R) in Ward 8, and incumbent Classie G.
Hoyle was unopposed in Ward 3. In Ward 5, Republican incumbent David
Cordle beat James R. Turner (D).
During the campaign, Moyer focused on her accomplishments, including
improved pay and benefits for police officers and firefighters, the
refurbishment of Church Circle and West Street and the city's AA+ bond
rating, its highest ever.
Kelley, a former police officer who was running to be the city's first
elected black mayor, received backing from Lt. Gov. Michael S. Steele.
Steele, a senatorial candidate, and Kelley were among the few black GOP
candidates seeking higher office in Maryland.
The two recently went door-to-door in predominantly black and heavily
Democratic neighborhoods, passing out a flier that said: "VOTE for the
MAN, NOT the PARTY."
But Moyer easily won the majority-black wards 3, 4 and 6.
Moyer also overcame criticism for the failed negotiations with Dean
& DeLuca, the upscale food retail chain, to operate the Market
House, a centerpiece of the historic City Dock.
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