Hickory Ridge Village Election Day – Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9 am to 3 pm
Hickory Ridge Community Association members can vote at The Hawthorn Center (6175 Sunny Spring) on Saturday, April 29, 2017. We are excited to have a raffle this year! When you vote in person on election day, you have the chance to win a Hickory Ridge Gift Basket, filled with fantastic goodies from local merchants.
This year six residents are seeking election/reelection to a one year term on the Hickory Ridge Village Board. There are five open seats. Per Section 4.04 of the Hickory Ridge Community Association By-Laws if there is only one candidate for Columbia Council after the deadline date for candidate’s statements, then that candidate is deemed elected by the members. Therefore, Gregg Schwind is deemed elected to a one year term on the Columbia Association Board of Directors.
A few village election rules to remember:
- According to our legal documents, only one vote per household may be cast. The same applies for renters: one vote per lease. However, both the owner and tenant of a property may vote.
- Please be prepared with identification that verifies your residency in our village.
- Outstanding covenant violations on your property that have been sent to CA for legal action may impact your eligibility to vote.
Absentee ballots have been mailed to every home in Hickory Ridge to make voting easier for those who can’t make it on April 29. Each absentee ballot will have a postage paid return envelope included for your convenience. Please take the time to complete your ballot if you are unable to vote on April 29. Look for your ballot to arrive IN YOUR MAILBOX sometime during the first two weeks of April.
Candidates’ Night will be held on Monday, April 3, 2017, 7 pm at The Hawthorn Center.
You will have the opportunity to meet the candidates and get your questions answered face to face before you vote!
VILLAGE BOARD CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS – Six candidates for five seats
LISA DEAN (Hawthorn)
Moving to Columbia in 1975, my family lived just a few doors down from Columbia founder, Jim Rouse. As a graduate of Wilde Lake High and resident of Hickory Ridge since 1993, I’m passionate about Mr. Rouse’s “Columbia Concept” of better living through careful urban planning. Soon, our Village’s urban landscape will dramatically change, with 6,000+ new residences being built within just three miles of our homes. With 13 years’ experience as a commercial real estate attorney, I have the experience, knowledge, and passion to help our community and Village Board navigate the coming changes. Additionally, I’m a strong advocate for thoughtful planning and will continue to challenge Kimco’s proposal to stuff 230+ apartments into our Village Center, without adequate parking, access, or design. (Have you seen Kimco’s apartments at Wilde Lake Village Center? Sad!) Let’s steward our Village toward the Columbia Jim Rouse envisioned — and we love!
ALLISON SULTAN (Clemens Crossing)
The highlight of my first year as a member of the Hickory Ridge Village Board has been listening to the feedback and concerns of my neighbors. There are very big issues in front of us – most notably the village center redevelopment and the rapid growth of downtown, both of which will have a direct impact on the future livability of our village. My primary goals should you elect me to a second term will be to foster an environment of open communication between residents and the Board and to continue to advocate for the people of Hickory Ridge in the face of these major changes. I ask for your vote to serve a second term on our Village Board. Thank you.
FRED JOHNSTON (Clemens Crossing)
My name is Fred Johnston and I have been a Hickory Ridge resident for over 10 years. My family and I moved to this village because it has the best of what Columbia offers – quiet tree lined streets and paths, good schools, a diverse population, parks and pools, and many options for shopping and dining. Redevelopment of the Hickory Ridge Village Center and all of the changes to Town Center will have a significant impact on life in Hickory Ridge. If re-elected to the Village Board of Directors, I will do all I can to ensure that our village not only survives the changes, but thrives in the years to come.
MICHELLE WOOD (Hawthorn)
It has been a privilege to serve this village for the past nine years. The greatest issue for our residents continues to be Kimco’s proposal to redevelop the village center and build residential apartments on what is currently the Giant parking lot. Since Kimco first notified us of its intent, the board has listened to resident concerns and opinions and worked to provide constructive and meaningful feedback at each opportunity in the zoning process. If re-elected to the board, I will strive to represent the community to the best of my ability as the plan goes before the planning and zoning boards.
CHRISTIAN HURLEY (Hawthorn)
My name is Christian Hurley. I am a 16 year proud resident of Hickory Ridge Village. For the past 14 years, I have served as a board member of the largest homeowners association in our village, Hickory Hollow Community Association–including the past 4 as Board President. Married for 15 years. Member of Kittamaqundi Community Church. Committed to giving back to our community throughout my life: as a Director of a Big Brother/Big Sister program, Little League Coach, Sunday School teacher, Tutor, Volunteer and Mentor. Active with the Kiwanis Club. Bringing a Wharton MBA in Finance and Planning, coupled with Senior Executive career experience as a successful consensus builder. Thank you for your consideration.
LATONYA BLAND (Hawthorn)
My name is LaTonya Bland and my family and I have lived in Hickory Ridge for several years and plan on being here for many more. Community is very important to me. As someone who works in the community management profession, I realize that one of the top priorities of every homeowner is to protect the value of his or her home.
My goal in being on the board is to assist in the continuing growth of our wonderful community while maintaining the expectations we all had when choosing Hickory Ridge as the place we chose to call home. The redevelopment of our Village Center has caused great concern within the community and I believe that the community should have vital input into the decisions made by the board that affect the community, and I want to ensure that all residents are fairly and appropriately represented when making these decisions.
COLUMBIA COUNCIL CANDIDATE’S STATEMENT – One candidate for one seat
GREGG M. SCHWIND (Clary’s Forest)
I have served as the Hickory Ridge Village representative on the CA Board for nearly eight years. There is much on CA’s plate in the coming year as several of our major facilities receive much-needed major upgrades, including the Swim Center and Ice Rink, along with the construction of a new tennis facility and the introduction of a new membership structure. My goals are making sure CA has the facilities, programs, and services in place to attract and serve all of its members and users, including singles and families, young and old. I intend to place special emphasis this year on young people – in particular our teens – and insuring that we are doing all we can to offer them constructive and engaging opportunities and activities. My commitment always is to ensure that Columbia’s values are preserved and that residents get the most for their assessment and membership dollars.