Elections

Nomination Period CLOSED on March 4 at 12 Noon EST: No further Applications will be accepted.

Notice: The Town Center Board of Directors had three candidates for Village Board for three open positions and one candidate for Columbia Council Representative for one open position. The election was uncontested, so all three candidates were deemed elected for the Village Board for two-year terms per the Residential Community Association By-Laws and the Columbia Council Representative was deemed elected per the By-Laws. The Town Center Board of Directors welcomes to the Village Board Alyse Carter and Lin Eagan. Please also welcome back to the Village Board Jamison Hibbard and welcome our new Columbia Council Representative Kevin Fitzgerald. New Board terms start May 1, 2022 and run through April 30, 2024.

Elections Ahead

Elections

Now is the time to get involved with your community! Your ideas and passion will help to improve the quality of life in Town Center and enrich the experiences of all residents. Getting involved helps to bring about change as we advocate for the areas of most importance such as affordable housing, tasteful and imaginative development, expanding diversity initiatives, protecting water quality, maintaining safe roadways and neighborhoods, assisting the arts community and maintaining our award-winning school system.

We need to be relevant, “fired up,” and ready to live up to the values of this amazing planned community that was envisioned by James Rouse and whose legacy we need to carry forward with each successive generation.

Now is not the time to sit on the sidelines…..get in the game, have a voice and help your community.

The Town Center Board has three positions up for election this year and one position for Columbia Council Representative. The term begins May 1, 2022 and ends April 30, 2024. You must be a resident of Town Center to run for election to the Board. Submit your application on-time and let us know why you would be a good candidate.

2022 Election Calendar

February 11: Candidate Application available to download: Nomination Period Ended March 4 at 12 Noon EST.

February 11 – March 4 (by NOON): Application period for candidates for Village Board and Columbia Council Representative. The application is available to download: Nomination Period is CLOSED as of March 4 at 12 NOON EST.

March 4 (NOON EST): Deadline to submit candidate applications. Application Period Ends March 4 at Noon EST.

The application is not complete and accepted without a signed original application and your Candidate’s Statement delivered ELECTRONICALLY to the Village Manager’s Office via email at [email protected]. NOTE: Candidate statements should be in a Microsoft Word format and no more than 150 words.

April 5, 7:15 pm*: Candidates Forum at Historic Oakland and/or via Zoom Meeting if there is a contested election*.

April 20*: Lease Agreement/Voting: If you live in a rental apartment in the Village of Town Center or a condo/townhouse/single family house that you do not own, you must have a copy of a current lease agreement on file to participate in the Town Center Village election. Please email a copy to [email protected] or drop it off at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD no later than Friday, April 20 at 5pm EST.

April 23*: Election Day*

NOTES*:

*If there are fewer candidates for Village Board or Columbia Council Representative than there are Board seats there will be no election and all candidates will be deemed elected per TCCA’s By-Laws. In that case, there will not be a Candidates’ Forum and an election will not be held on April 23.*

VOTING*: Can Be Done Three Ways (ONLY ONE VOTE COUNTS):

  1. Online Electronically: an absentee ballot will be mailed to eligible resident. Unique ID numbers will be assigned to complete secure online voting, which closes at MIDNIGHT 48 hours prior to election day April 23 or April 21 at Midnight.
  2. Mail-in/Absentee Ballots: Must be POST MARKED BY APRIL 19 and received no later than April 22 by 3:00 p.m. at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD 21044
  3. In-Person: Ballots can be cast on Election Day April 23 in-person at Historic Oakland, 5430 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, MD from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. Voters must show a valid driver’s license or utility bill or rental lease agreement (no exceptions).

If there is a contested election an election newsletter will be mailed to every household and will include an absentee ballot along with a postage paid return envelope. That newsletter will also include instructions for online and/or in-person voting.

We will accept only one form of voting, either online; mail-in; or in person. If multiple votes/ballots are received from the same address, then NO ballots from that address will be counted.

Other COVID-19 restrictions and accommodations may be implemented. Updates will be posted in the NewsFlash and online.

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