Former Maryland Senator Looks to Re-Enter Politics in Annapolis

John Giannetti, who lost his seat representing Maryland's 21st District in 2006, has applied to fill Annapolis' vacant Council seat for Ward 5.

A former state senator is one of four candidates vying to fill Annapolis' vacant City Council seat for Ward 5.

First-term Alderman Mathew Silverman resigned on Nov. 30, citing increased responsibilities at work. Since the 2013 election is less than a year away, his resignation didn't trigger a special election.

Instead his political party, the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee, will pick a successor to fill the spot.

The candidates are John Giannetti, Tracy McGranaghan, Jared Littmann and Arnold Smith.

Giannetti served as the state senator for the 21st District, which covers parts of Anne Arundel and Prince Georges County, from 2002 to 2006 when Sen. James Rosapepe defeated him in the Democratic primary race, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Rather than give up, Giannetti switched parties and ran for the Senate seat as a Republican. According to The Sun, Rosapepe defeated Giannetti in the general election.

He switched back to the Democratic Party in 2007 and has worked as an attorney in Annapolis ever since.

Giannetti is the only applicant with previous experience as an elected official, but Littmann worked as an associate county attorney for the Montgomery County Attorney's office for four years. He is also the owner of K&B True Value, a hardware store located at 912 Forest Dr.

You can read more about Littmann from an interview that he did with Annapolis Patch in February by clicking here.

Central Committee Chairwoman Kitty Higgins said Smith also has some political experience, having served as a campaign manager for a City Council member.

McGranaghan is an interior designer who co-owns The McGranaghan & Duvall Venture. She helped propose a new vision for the Market House in 2009.

The four candidates will make their cases to the committee during a public meeting at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center at 273 Hilltop Ln. on Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. Higgins said the committee members will then go into a closed session and emerge with the name of the next Ward 5 alderperson.

Mayor Josh Cohen will likely swear in the new appointee at the Council's Jan. 14 meeting.


Who would you pick? Tell us in the comments.

Janet Norman December 11, 2012 at 09:39 PM
Jared Littman and his team at K+B True Value have been very supportive of our local schools and community. I'd welcome his breadth of experience on the Council.
justin o'connor December 14, 2012 at 08:12 PM
Tracy McGranaghan worked very hard on the Main Street program for several years and was instrumental in bringing the lovely Farmers Market to downtown.
Janet Norman December 17, 2012 at 08:46 PM
FYI, Here's who the Ann.Dem.Central Committee members are, who are deciding who will represent thousands of Ward 5 residents... http://www.annapolisdems.org/about.htm


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