Contested Election for Columbia Council Representative

Come out to vote in Village Elections on Saturday, April 20. For the first time in many years, we have a contested election. Michael Cornell, the incumbent, and Clayborne Chavers are running for the village’s representative on the Columbia Council. There are three open positions on the Association’s Board of Directors and two candidates: Kenny Kan, an incumbent, and Kathy Chavers are running. Check page 5 for the candidate
statements. The Association’s Election Committee will hold a Candidates’ Forum on Tuesday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Claret Hall. Residents are  encouraged to attend the forum to meet the candidates and learn more about their perspectives on issues.

Voting will be held at Claret Hall from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Any River Hill resident age 18 or older can vote. Residents must bring proof of person, residency, and age to the poll. A Maryland driver’s license, Howard County voter registration card, passport, and/or birth certificate may be used. Newly-settled residents may present a deed, lease, or a utility bill addressed to the individual at their River Hill address. In addition to voting, the Draft Village Center Master Plan will be available for review and members of the Association’s Master Plan Committee will be on hand to solicit resident comments and respond to questions. Simultaneously the Association will be holding an electronics recycling collection (for River Hill residents only).

Absentee ballots will be available beginning on March 30. An absentee ballot may only be cast if no other member of the residence will cast a  ballot at the polling place. Absentee ballots may be requested in writing through April 10 or in person at Claret Hall through April 19. Proof of  person and age is required. All absentee ballots must be returned to Claret Hall by midnight on April 19.

Village Board Seat Remains Open
At the start of the fiscal year, May 1, there will be one open position on the Board of Directors. The position has a two-year term. The Village Board will be accepting letters of interest for appointment to this position until April 30. Letters of interest should be addressed to: The River Hill Village Board, 6020 Daybreak Circle, Clarksville, MD 21029 or emailed to

Volunteers Still Needed
The Election Committee still needs volunteers to assist on Election Day from 8:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. One hour shifts are available! Please contact  Susan Smith, Village Manager, at 410-531-1749 or if you are able to help.

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