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Joe Budge Named Ward One Alderman

Annapolis, MD (5-1-13) Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen is pleased to welcome Joe Budge as the newest City Alderman, representing Ward One.  Mr. Budge was selected by the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee last night.

“Joe is eminently qualified to serve as Ward One Alderman,” Mayor Cohen said. “Ward One has a unique set of challenges, with residential, commercial, maritime, governmental and historic uses all nestled cheek to jowl in a small area. And Joe has been a leader in addressing almost every major issue the ward has faced in recent years, serving on task forces and committees focused on City Dock planning, liquor licenses and Hillman Garage reconstruction, not to mention leading the Ward One Residents Association.

”Dick Israel leaves large shoes to fill, but Joe will be able to hit the ground running and continue Dick's legacy of thoughtful and collaborative leadership for Ward One and the City.”

Previous Ward One Alderman Dick Israel stepped down on April 8, at the conclusion of the City Council meeting. He explained that he will be moving out of his Shaw Street home, into the Ginger Cove Community, which is not located in the ward he was elected to represent. The alderman said his resignation was effective in April, rather then when he moves in May, so his appointed successor would be able to participate in budget deliberations.

According to City Code, when an alderperson resigns within 15 months of the next regular City election, the Central Committee of the political party to which the alderperson belongs shall appoint the replacement.

Mayor Cohen will administer the oath of office to Mr. Budge at the beginning of the May 13 City Council meeting.