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Defeated Alderman Candidate Claims Opponent Received Unlisted Contributions

Candidates found to have violated the city's election code are ineligible for election and could face misdemeanor charges.

Steve Conn, left, and Alderman Ken Kirby, right. (Photo credit: Annapolis City Hall)
Steve Conn, left, and Alderman Ken Kirby, right. (Photo credit: Annapolis City Hall)
Ward 6 Alderman Candidate Steve Conn has filed a petition with the Anne Arundel County Circuit Court, claiming his opponent failed to report campaign contributions that could exceed $1,000.

Kenneth Kirby won the Ward 6 November General Election over Conn with 54 percent of his district's votes in a bitter political fight.

A week before the election, Conn filed a defamation lawsuit against Kirby for Kirby's use of campaign material that Conn said included false accusations about his history as a volunteer with the Annapolis Police Department. The case is  pending.

Conn's latest court filing again focuses on Kirby's campaign work, specifically on contributions Kirby received. 

In his petition, Conn claims the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee contributed in total more than $1,000 to Kirby's campaign, which would be a violation of the city's code.

Within Conn's court documentation are copies of customized campaign mailers provided by the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee (ADCC). These services, on top of the $500 contribution, likely exceeded the $1,000 maximum, Conn argues.

Kirby offered no comment on the filing when reached by phone. But he noted that Conn had not yet conceded the election.

"That, to me, is the real story here," Kirby said. 

Candidates found to have violated the city's election code are ineligible for election and could face misdemeanor charges, according to the city's website.
Steven Conn December 06, 2013 at 09:01 AM
Always the victim, deflecting from the real issue by claiming the real story is that I didn't concede the election? I'm not aware of anything in city code requiring defeated candidates call their opponent to congratulate them... But the code does cap financial contributions and contributions of "things of value" meant to influence elections... And that, as the Patch reported, is the real story here.
pam longenecker December 06, 2013 at 09:27 AM
Oh Kenny, Kenny, Kenny, of course you "offered no comment on the filing when reached by phone. But [you] noted that Conn had not yet conceded the election." Of course you weakly tried to turn that you may not be eligible and/or falsified information to run for alderman into a "waaaaa" session because the other (and more qualified) candidate didn't concede. Of course in your all-about-me-ism and ducking and diving behind "friends" (whenever you can't handle a question either on the phone or face to face...posed by anyone, even one of your constituents) this fantasy would be "the real story here." Remember, Kenny: "Candidates found to have violated the city's election code are ineligible for election and could face misdemeanor charges, according to the city's website." Oh yeah, and while you're remembering, look up the city code about littering, especially when it could cause a fire (lit cigarette into dry leaves). Or are you going to tell me again that you don't care about littering and that you are above the law because, as you put it "if you're so concerned come stomp it out yourself" and that "you can't write me a citation." Play by ALL the rules, Kenny, or get out of the way.

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