Chevy Chase Village Looking For Board Members

Chevy Chase Village Hall (file photo)Three seats on the Chevy Chase Village Board of Managers will be up for election this spring.

The municipality of a little more than 2,000 residents on the D.C./Maryland line has its own police department, a budget of about $6 million and sets real estate and property tax rates in one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the country.

The seven-member Board of Managers, which acts as the Village’s council, oversees and determines those services.

In May, the terms of Board members Michael Denger, Robert Goodwin and Elissa Leonard will expire. Goodwin and Leonard were elected last spring and assigned one-year terms in a random drawing.

Two resignations from the Board last year — brought on by new ethics requirements some felt were too stringent — meant two one-year vacancies needed to be filled.

Any Village resident can run for a seat on the Board if he or she is a registered voter in Maryland, has lived in the Village for 30 days prior to the election and files the required financial disclosure statement. Board members serve two-year terms.

If the field is limited to three candidates, the candidates will be declared elected at the Village’s Annual Meeting, set for Monday, April 21. If there are more than three candidates, the Village will hold an election on Saturday, May 3.

Residents interested in running for a seat may contact Elections Committee Chair Charlotte Jones-Carroll by email at cjonescarroll[at]aol[dot]com, preferably no later than March 21. Nominations may also be made from the floor at the Annual Meeting.

To qualify as a candidate, an individual, including sitting Board members, must file the Financial Disclosure Statement with the Village Ethics Commission on, or before April 7, 2014. Forms are available in the Village office or by email at ccv[at]montgomerycountymd[dot]gov.

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