Jared Littmann, the owner of K&B True Value hardware store, is the next alderman for Ward 5 thanks to a 5-2 vote by the Annapolis Democratic Central Committee on Monday night.
"I'm truly flattered," Littmann said. "Coming in here and listening to what each of the other three candidates had to say, I was very impressed."
Littmann beat out former state senator John Giannetti, Arnold Smith and Tracy McGranaghan for the job.
The hearing took about two hours, but deliberations took less than 10 minutes and were conducted in a closed session at the Pip Moyer Recreation Center.
About 30 people showed up for the appointment hearing, which was triggered when first-term alderman Mathew Silverman resigned on Nov. 30. Silverman said increased responsibilities at work due to a promotion meant he no longer had enough time to devote to City Council.
Since the 2013 election is less than 15 months away, his resignation didn't trigger a special election. According to city code, Silverman's political party had the right to chose his replacement.
And on Monday night, they chose Littmann.
"The first thing I want to do is get up to speed as quick as possible on the current issues," Littmann said. "The daunting part to me is: I'm a full-time business owner, I'm a full-time dad and a full-time husband and a soccer coach, and I want to make everyone proud as their alderman."
Littmann hopes he can impress constituents quickly with his work ethic because the 2013 election campaign will start shortly after he's sworn into office on Jan. 14.
"I think there is a real desire form the people of Annapolis to have a business owner on City Council," Littmann said. "That I would understand their issues and be receptive to what those issues are."
Littmann also said he will be easily accessible to his constituents and all city residents since he's at his hardware store most days.
"I probably see between 500 and 600 people a day," Littmann said.
Before he took over K&B True Value from his in-laws, Littmann worked as an associate county attorney for the Montgomery County Attorney's office for four years. That experience swayed Central Committee Chairwoman Kitty Higgins in her vote.
"I was impressed with his background on dealing with bread and butter issues like code enforcement and zoning," Higgins said. "He also runs a successful business in the ward ... I think he has a nice combination of skills."
Higgins hammered Giannetti with tough questions about a his vote against an assault weapons ban in the Maryland Senate in 2004 and his subsequent switch to the Republican Party after Sen. James Rosapepe defeated him in the Democratic primary in 2006. Rosapepe defeated Giannetti in the general election as well.
"There is no question if given the opportunity again, I would vote to ban assault weapons," Giannetti said.
In the end, Giannetti earned just one vote for his nomination from Chuck Weikel. Smith earned the remaining vote.
Silverman, who attended the meeting, approved of his replacement. He said he spoke with Littmann for more than hour last week as the hardware store owner tried to decide whether he wanted to run.
"He comes with a ton of background," Silverman said. "He seems eager to do a good job."