2021 Dorsey’s Search Village Elections in Columbia

You can find this information on the Dorsey’s Search Community Association website under Community News in 3 separate posts:

Dorsey’s Search Village Elections Info

The petitions for the Columbia Council Representative (CCR)/CA Board of Directors seat for Dorsey’s Search were validated by the Election Committee Chairperson, Ellen Mackey.  Our two candidates for the CCR/CA Board of Directors for Dorsey’s Search are:

Richard Boulton and Marlon Brown

The Dorsey’s Search Community Association (Village) did not receive petitions for the open Board of Directors seats.  The current Board members whose term ends in April will continue their responsibilities on the Village Board of Directors.  This leaves one seat open which was vacated last year.  If you are interested in filling this seat, please contact Ingrid Hatz, Village Manager with a letter of interest.  Her email is:   ihatz@dorseyssearch.org

Please read ALL information.

Instructions on how to receive a ballot, how to return a ballot, and modified in-person voting are published in our Village newsletter.  Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the Village Board of Directors wish to keep our residents safe by reducing the amount of contact and social activity among our Village residents.  We encourage you to vote and vote early.

Only one vote per property.  As stated in Seventh Article of the Dorsey’s Search Community Association Articles of Incorporation, “When any lot, unit, share, membership or other interest, as described in Article Sixth above in connection with qualification for membership, is owned or held by more than one members as tenants by the entireties or in joint tenancy……such members shall collectively be entitled to only one vote relative to that lot, unit, share, membership or other interest, and if such member cannot jointly agree as to how that vote should be cast, no vote shall be allowed with respect to such lot unit, share, membership or other interest.”

You must be a Member/resident as of March 1, 2021

How to get a Ballot

Residents/Members may come to the Village Office located at 4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD   21042 (Linden Hall) starting Thursday, April 1.  The office will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 7am – 3pm.  Please ask for a ballot.  Resident must provide ID.  If you are a tenant, please provide ID and a copy of your lease or a utility bill with your name and address.  Residents are required to vote at that time.  Ballots cannot be removed from Linden Hall.

Residents/Members who do not want to come to the office.  Please request a ballot by calling the Village office at 410-730-4005.  We will mail a ballot and a stamped addressed envelope for easy return.  If you lease a property, please ensure that that you include a copy of documentation (e.g.:  ID showing address and lease or a utility bill that displays your name and the address) when returning ballot.  Remember it is only one vote per property.  Ask the property owner if they are going to vote.

We will have “Modified in-person” polling on Saturday, April 24 from 9am – noon.  Due to the changes in the COVID-19 pandemic restrictions on room/building capacity, the Board of Directors will ensure that residents/members may obtain ballots that day.  The staff and election committee will follow all health and safety protocols by requiring:  members entering the building wear masks; a six-foot distance must be maintained between members; limitation of members in the building; disinfecting pens and high use areas.

Returning Ballots

Residents/Members may return the ballot to our office during our operating hours Tuesday—Thursday from 7am—3pm and place the ballot in the ballot box.  You may return the ballot using the external black mailbox located next to our parking lot entrance.  If you decide to mail back your ballot via United States Postal Service, we must receive the ballot by April 24 by noon.  We are not responsible for lost or delayed mail.

All ballots will be verified by Election Committee members and staff.  The Election will close on Saturday, April 24 at noon.  No ballots will be accepted after that time.

Notification of Election results.  The count and winner will be posted on the parking lot entrance door and on our village website at http://www.dorseyssearch.org after the Election Committee Chairperson has validated the count.

Get to know your Candidates – View statements

Due to COVID room capacity restrictions, the Dorsey’s Search Board of Directors has directed the Election Committee to operate Candidate’s Night via Zoom.

Candidate statements are printed in the newsletter and are posted below.  Please monitor our website and social media sites for the Zoom link for Candidate’s Night on Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 7:00 pm (tentative)

Ellen Mackey was appointed the Election Committee Chairperson at the March 10, 2021 Board of Directors meeting.  The Election Committee Chairperson will moderate the event.  Member questions may be submitted prior to Candidate’s Night.  Please email your question to the Village manager, Ingrid Hatz at ihatz@dorseyssearch.org.  Include your name and address in the email.  Questions will be forwarded to all Candidates for a response.  The Moderator will ask each candidate a set number of questions and then the floor will be opened to questions from the Members in attendance via Zoom.

When the floor is “opened” to questions, please use the “Chat” feature on Zoom to pose your question.  The “Chat” message should be sent to the Election Committee Chair, Ellen Mackey, and Ingrid Hatz, Village Manager.  You do not have to message your address to everyone.  Members will be allowed to ask a question with one follow up question before the moderator moves on.

We encourage residents to attend Candidate’s Night.  This is the only opportunity that both candidates will be in attendance at Village sponsored forum.

Candidate Statements are below:

Dick Boulton:
It has been my privilege to spend the past six years serving Dorsey’s Search as your Columbia Association Board of Directors representative.

During that time, I successfully fought to:

  • Prevent increases in the Annual Charge.
  • Reopen the Dorsey Hall and Running Brook swimming pools this summer.
  • Build and refurbish our tot lots.
  • Preserve the Fairway Hills golf course.
  • Ensure our village gets its fair share of CA budget allocations.
  • See that resident concerns are promptly addressed.
  • Protect CA open space from encroachment.
  • Promote a new, practical, and affordable plan for Symphony Woods.

Covid had severe impact on CA, but years of experience and understanding of how CA works helped me with the difficult decisions that had to be made to save us from financial disaster.

The future now looks much brighter.  I ask for your vote to provide the steady hand that will be needed to move forward.

Marlon Brown:

I’ve lived in Maryland my whole life, but Dorsey’s Search is where my heart is.  I realize we needed to move to Columbia because our family was already spending so much time with the families that live and work here.

I am a Marine veteran, so I understand that rules must be followed, but the pandemic has uncovered unspoken and unjust rules.  I am stepping up to change those rules.

I’m running for the Columbia Association Board in Dorsey Search because the current board does not represent the families that live here.  They don’t know what our experiences are.  I want to bring that lived experience to the Board so I can represent families like mine in the community.

I want to ensure that Columbia continues to grow and foster that sense of community and rich diversity here that drove us to choose to live here to begin with.

Election Calendar 2021

Thursday, April 1 – First day to request ballot

Thursday, April 15 (tentative) at 7pm via Zoom – Candidate’s Night

Saturday, April 24 from 9am – noon– Modified “in-person” voting at Linden Hall, Dorsey’s Search Community Association’s place of business (4765 Dorsey Hall Drive, Ellicott City, MD  21042)

Only one vote per property.

The current Village of Dorsey’s Search Columbia Association (CA) Board member is Dick Boulton

I am still working my way through these village elections gathering as much information as I can for the community.

Other Village Centers on my list to write about include:

  • River Hill

(Note – I may also write up the village elections for Town Center, Harpers Choice and Owen Brown as I get time).

Here is information about village elections in 2021 covered by this blog:

I may try and setup some online interviews with candidates for CA Board in some of the Village Center elections. This might be a good way to promote the upcoming elections and learn a little about the candidates. Stay tuned as I will announce those interviews on Scott E’s Blog Facebook page and post those interviews on the blog site.

Scott E

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