2022 Wilde Lake Village Election

UPDATE:  APRIL 14, 2022

Wilde Lake Village Election News – Absentee Ballot Update

Absentee ballots were delivered this week.  Please take time to read the information in the election mailing regarding how to vote.

We encourage residents to vote online.  It is a secure, quick and easy way to vote (and, we don’t have to rely on the USPS!)  Last year, it worked well with over 130 people using the online system.  Check your election mailing for your unique PIN/voting code and visit:  https://elections.intelliscaninc.net/s3/WLCA2022.  Online voting closes on Friday, April 22 at 4pm.  If you didn’t try it in 2021, we urge you to try it this year!

If you choose to vote via paper absentee ballot, you may return it using the postage paid return envelope.  However, if you are concerned with mail delivery delays, you may drop it off at Slayton House rather than mailing it back.  They must be received by Friday, April 22 at 4pm.

Finally, if you would like to vote in person on Village Election Day, the polls will be open on Saturday, April 23 from 10am until 1pm at Slayton House.  Please be sure to bring your ID.

As a reminder, if you are a Wilde Lake resident who lives in a rental apartment or condo/townhouse/single family house that you do not own, you must have a current, valid lease on file no later than Friday, April 22 at 4pm.  Please send it to wlca@wildelake.org.

UPDATE:  APRIL 6, 2022

Watch a video recording of the April 5th Candidates Forum HERE

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.
When: Apr 5, 2022 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: WL Village Election 2022 Candidates’ Forum

Please click the link below to join the webinar:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85876360573?pwd=V2lOYjlQU0R1OG1jSTRNUGlIUHl5QT09
Passcode: 815756

UPDATE:  MARCH 21, 2022

Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 2.03A, since five or fewer candidates submitted nomination petitions for Wilde Lake Village Board, Kevin McAliley and Charles Yarbrough are deemed elected and will be appointed to the FY2023 Wilde Lake Village Board effective May 1, 2022.  Their candidate statements are below.  Applications for the three open positions will be accepted through April 26, 2022.

Kevin McAliley Candidate Statement

Thank you to everyone for volunteering and participating with our committees, elections, meetings, village events, supporting our businesses, students, and schools, and advocating for neighborhood projects.

As chairman, I help vibrant WL Village Center owners, commercial agents, tenants, residents, community advocates, elected officials, school officials, college leaders, local entrepreneurs and business owners, and members of homeowners and apartment associations, come to consensus throughout ongoing connectivity and receptivity phases of our prototypical renovation and successful revitalization process. Effective leadership and communication skills have provided continuity in representing resident concerns.

My corporate and entrepreneurial experience includes work with non-profit boards to increase membership, implementing superior programs, advocating for, and completing multi-faceted projects, creating value, conducting conflict negotiations, crisis resolution, empowerment coaching, diversity and equity assessment, and ensuring partners and principals find common ground toward mutually agreed outcomes. All uniquely qualify me to represent and fulfill our mission (see www.wildelake.org/about-us).   

Charles Yarbrough Candidate Statement

We have been residents of Columbia since 2010. Since then we have seen many changes in the town. I am running for one of the Board of Director’s positions for three main reasons.

I want to provide you, the residents of Wilde Lake, a voice in the actions that affect your neighborhood and daily lives. I pledge to listen and try to understand your concerns and reflect them to the board to the best of my ability.

I am concerned about the increasing concentration of housing units in the area. While I am very much for growth and prosperity, it should not come at the cost of decreasing quality of life.

Lastly, I am a big believer in fostering community. I will work towards developing opportunities that will foster deeper community roots.

I ask for your support and vote and look forward to meeting and working with you!

UPDATE:  MARCH 11, 2022

The nomination petitions were validated by the Village Election Co-Chairs  and the slate of candidates has been announced.

Wilde Lake representative to the Columbia Council

Two candidates for one open position:

Tina Horn

Bill Santos

Wilde Lake Village Board

Two candidates for five open positions*:

Kevin McAliley

Charles Yarbrough

(*These candidates are deemed elected since there are fewer candidates than open positions.)

Look for your absentee ballot mailing in late March/early April.  It will include candidate statements and details about how to vote.

Nomination Period CLOSED on March 9, 2022 at 5:ooPM EST:  No further nomination packets will be accepted.

At its January 10 meeting, the Wilde Lake Village Board appointed Steve Campbell and Elizabeth Lopez to serve as the 2022 Wilde Lake Village Election co-Chairs.  They are responsible for ensuring that the 2022 Election is conducted in accordance with the Wilde Lake Community Association Elections Guidelines and Regulations.

Five (5) Wilde Lake Village Board members and one (1) Wilde Lake representative to the Columbia Council (also known as the Columbia Association Board of Directors) are elected annually by members of the Wilde Lake Community Association (owners and tenants.)

An election newsletter will be mailed in April and will include details about the Village election process along with the paper absentee ballot.  Wilde Lake voters will have three options to cast their ballots – online, mail-in or in person.  Look for election updates in our weekly e-newsletter, on the Wilde Lake Community Association website and Wilde Lake Village Facebook page.

Important 2022 Election Dates:

Nomination Period Opens: Wednesday, February 16

Candidate Packets, for the Wilde Lake Village Board and the Wilde Lake Representative to the Columbia Council including the nomination petition form, are now available to download on the WLCA website or, if requested, hard copies may be picked up from Slayton House. 

Deadline to Submit Completed Candidate Packets: Wednesday, March 9 (by 5pm)

All required candidate material, including the completed nomination petition, must be submitted electronically to wlca@wildelake.org or hand-delivered to Slayton House.

Nomination Petitions Validated: Friday, March 11

If there are five or less valid candidates for Village Board, all candidates are deemed elected. 

If there is only one valid candidate for Columbia Council, then the candidate is deemed elected. 

 Candidates’ Forum(via Zoom): Tuesday, April 5, 7:00pm

Zoom link for candidates’ forum:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85876360573?pwd=V2lOYjlQU0R1OG1jSTRNUGlIUHl5QT09

Deadline to Submit Copy of Tenant Lease Agreement: Friday, April 22 (by 4pm)

Wilde Lake residents who live in rental apartments or in condos/townhouses/detached houses that they do not own MUST have a copy of a current lease on file to cast a ballot. 

 Village Election Day: Saturday, April 23, 10:00am-1:00pm

If you have any questions about the 2022 Election, feel free to contact the Election co-Chairs, Steve Campbell (Steve.Campbell.WLV@gmail.com) and Elizabeth Lopez (elizabeth.maryland1@yahoo.com) or  Kristin Shulder, Village Manager, at wlca@wildelake.org or 410/730-3987, ext. 14.