VILLAGE BOARD CANDIDATES
Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 2.03A, on March 19, 2018, the Wilde Lake Village Board appointed Kevin McAliley, Bess Caplan and Laura Torres to the positions of Directors of the Board for the FY2019 term. “If after the deadline for the submission of nomination petitions has passed the number of candidates meeting the requirements to be elected Director are equal to or less than the number of vacant positions, the qualified candidates shall be deemed to have been elected by the members and the Board of Directors shall appoint such candidate(s) to the Director position(s) for the term provided for in Article 8 of the Associations Articles of Incorporation.”
Applications for the two remaining positions will be available at Slayton House and on our website. The deadline to submit an application is Tuesday, May 1.
BESS CAPLAN ~ Running Brook
As a returning Board Member, I will continue working for our community and every resident who resides therein. My priorities include the maintenance and safety of our wonderful amenities, fostering a renewed sense of community between neighbors and neighborhoods, enriching relationships with our public schools and enhancing community appeal by upholding our community covenants and preserving our environmental assets. I plan to continue my involvement in Wilde Lake CARES (Community Action and Resources for Environmental Stewardship), an environmental committee dedicated to enhancing the environmental integrity of Wilde Lake Village. I hope you’ll join me as I strive to carry on the wonderful legacy of Wilde Lake, while engaging in positive change in our community. I ask for your vote and support.
KEVIN MCALILEY—Running Brook
Thank you to everyone who has volunteered time and participated with our committees, elections, meetings, village events, supported our tenants, students and schools, and advocate for our neighborhood projects. Serving as chair, helping escort WL Village Center, commercial agents, tenants, residents, community advocates, elected officials, school board and administrators, neighboring college leaders, surrounding business owners, and presidents of home owners and apartment associations, to consensus throughout the connectivity and receptivity phases of the lengthy renovation and transformation – effective leadership and communication is essential. Crucial, also, is an existing productive community.
My corporate and entrepreneurial experience and work with non-profit boards to increase membership, implement special programs, advocate for and complete pending multi-faceted projects, raise funds, conduct conflict negotiation, problem resolution, empowerment coaching, diversity assessment and ensure partners and principals find common ground toward mutually agreed outcomes, uniquely qualifies me to continue representing our village and fulfilling its mission. (https://www.wildelake.org/about-us)/
LAURA TORRES—Running Brook
I have been a WL Village Board member since October 2016 and a resident of Wilde Lake for the past 17 years. As a member of the Board, I have led the Neighborhood Representative Committee in maintaining and recruiting representatives to act as leaders on their streets. I also actively support and participate in other board initiatives and committees to assist in ensuring residents of all ages and the environmental integrity of our community are maintained and protected as they continue to grow and thrive. I am currently developing a Health and Wellness Committee to further promote and support the emotional and physical health of the Wide Lake community. Through my work in the population health department at Howard County General Hospital I am involved in collaborating with different stakeholders in the community to improve the wellness of our residents and bring that knowledge and support to the WL community
COLUMBIA COUNCIL CANDIDATE
Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 4.04, on March 19, 2018, the Wilde Lake Village Board appointed Nancy McCord to the position of Columbia Council Representative for the FY2019 term. (“If after the deadline for the submission of nomination petitions has passed there is not more than one candidate meeting the requirements to be elected Columbia Council Representative, the Board of Directors shall appoint such candidate to the position of Columbia Council Representative for the term provided for in Article 9, Section 9, of the Association’s Articles of Incorporation.”)
NANCY MCCORD—The Birches
It is my privilege to serve as your CA Council Representative for the past 5 years. During that time, I have worked to make sure CA money is spent wisely. Many changes are taking place in our beautiful city. Columbia is growing. The Lakefront will change dramatically over the next 2-3 years. I feel we must make certain the lakefront remains accessible to residents who wish to use this important space.
The CA Board voted to maintain Columbia as the number one city for its residents. CA is working hard to upgrade our fitness facilities. We added a new tennis facility that opens soon. CA works hard to make Columbia a better place for our community to live, work and play.
I continue writing notes during the meetings to inform you of CA activities. I am proud to serve our community. Thanks for your support.
The villages of Columbia hold annual elections every April. This year Election Day is April 28. In December 2017, Yolanda Epps was appointed by the Village Board as the 2018 Village Election Chair.
There are five available seats on the Wilde Lake Village Board and one position as the Wilde Lake representative to the CA Board of Directors (Columbia Council).
The term of office for the Wilde Lake Village Board and Columbia Council Rep is one year. Candidate packets including a nomination petition will be available at Slayton House and on this website beginning February 21. The deadline to submit a petition is March 14.
All Wilde Lake residents will receive an absentee ballot package in the mail around April 1. Included in the package are an absentee ballot, candidate statements and a prepaid envelope to return your ballot.
Note the following amendments to the bylaws regarding elections:
Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 2.03A, on March 20, 2017, Section 2.03A, “If after the deadline for the submission of nomination petitions has passed the number of candidates meeting the requirements to be elected Director are equal to or less than the number of vacant positions, the qualified candidates shall be deemed to have been elected by the members and the Board of Directors shall appoint such candidate(s) to the Director position(s) for the term provided for in Article 8 of the Associations Articles of Incorporation.”
Pursuant to WLCA By-laws section 4.04, on March 20, 2017, Section 4.04: “If after the deadline for the submission of nomination petitions has passed there is not more than one candidate meeting the requirements to be elected Columbia Council Representative, the Board of Directors shall appoint such candidate to the position of Columbia Council Representative for the term provided for in Article 9, Section 9, of the Association’s Articles of Incorporation.”
Who Can Vote?
Members in good standing as of March 1, 2018 are eligible to vote. Members are defined in the Bylaws as owners and tenants. Where property is jointly owned, one vote is permitted. Where property is rented, one owner vote and one tenant vote are permitted. (Covenants 3.02 A & B; and Articles of Incorporation, Sixth Article of Incorporation, Paragraph A & B)
When and Where to Vote
If you choose to vote in person on Election Day, look for the green and white flag at the entrance to Slayton House. Check in at Slayton House between 9am and 2pm on April 28.
What to Bring to Verify Residence
You must show a valid driver’s license, a photo I.D. or utility bill with your name and current address.
If you choose not to vote in person, complete the ballot enclosed in the absentee ballot package and return in the envelope provided. Absentee ballots are valid only if completely filled out, including all identifying information on the envelope. This information will be kept separate from the actual ballot to insure privacy. Absentee ballots are due April 28 at 5pm. The absentee ballot cannot be used on Election Day.
VILLAGE ELECTIONS 2018
- February 21, 2018 Nomination Period Begins
- March 1, 2018 List of eligible voters posted
- March 14, 2018 Nomination period ends. Nominating petitions due. Candidates’ statements due
- March 15, 16, 2018 Verification of nomination petitions. Order on ballot by random drawing
- March 30, 2018 Absentee ballots available at Slayton House
- March 31, 2018 Mail Absentee ballots
- April 9, 2018 Candidates’ Forum: 6:30pm – Meet the candidates for the Village Board of Directors. Note: If there is no election, there will be a candidates’ reception on Monday, April 2 at 6pm before the regularly scheduled Board Meeting.
- April 12, 2018 Statements published in newsletter in Columbia Flier
- April 27, 2018 Absentee ballots due before the end of business day
- April 28, 2018 ELECTION DAY 9:00AM – 2:00PM