Village Elections

The nomination period has now ended, and the nomination petitions have been validated and accepted by the Election Committee.

We have 5 people running for 4 open seats on the Village Board and 2 people running for 1 open seat as Columbia Council Representative for Kings Contrivance.

The ballot order, which was randomly drawn by the Election Committee, will be as follows.

For Columbia Council Representative:

1 seat available

Shari Zaret
Broderick Young

For Village Board:

4 seats available

Fred Niziol

John Woodson

Dean Christmon

Barbara Seely

Ferzana Havewala

 

We will hold candidates' night on Wednesday, April 7 at 7pm via zoom.  If you would like an invitation to the meeting, contact Kings@VillageofKC.org

Absentee ballots are available to residents upon request; they will be available April 8-22. To obtain absentee ballots email kings@villageofkc.org

Ballots can be mailed or picked up at Amherst House by appointment. Absentee ballots must be received by April 22 at 9pm.

In-person voting will take place at Amherst House on April 23 from 5 -7pm and April 24 from 9am - 1pm.

VILLAGE BOARD CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS

THE FOLLOWING FIVE RESIDENTS ARE SEEKING ELECTION TO A TWO YEAR TERM ON THE KINGS CONTRIVANCE VILLAGE BOARD

4 Seats are Open

Fred Niziol

Hello, my name is Fred Niziol. I’m a retired Federal employee. I moved to KC in January 1983, and as owner and resident in Kings Contrivance I’ve served many terms on my own Homeowners Association Board and as a member of the KC Village Board. What I have learned and practiced is that KC’s success is all about participation in Village life by the residents. My ongoing goal as a board member is to encourage residents participation in the Village. I’d appreciate your vote so I can continue my service to our residents. Please think about attending a Board or Resident Architectural Committee meeting virtually via Zoom (meetings are normally short and interesting), and signing up for our newsletter, “The Crown Prints”,(at http://villageofkc.org/living-in-kc/crown-prints/, it’s the best way to know what’s happening in the Village. Thank you.

John Woodson

As a member of the Kings Contrivance Community for the last 27 years, My wife and I have raised three children, who played on KC playgrounds, wandered through the paths of KC, played on Savage and AYRA teams, attended KC schools, went to Hammond High and swam for the KC Waves.  I feel it is my responsibility to ensure that future KC families continue to have the numerous advantages of our neighborhoods and if possible even better facilities and choices.

 Dean Christmon

 I am running to be a good steward of our village resources, be of service to the public, and continue making our village a great place for families (which includes establishing and broadening the great paths that connect our communities)! Thank you for the opportunity to serve.

 Barbara Seely

Having lived in Kings Contrivance for the past 37 years, I have seen many changes in Kings Contrivance and Columbia.

This year has been the most challenging for CA and the villages. Due to Covid we had to shut our doors and with little income have tried to provide services to our community the best we were able. We are all looking forward to better times ahead when we can start to resume classes and rentals and feel more like normal. Throughout this pandemic our staff has been amazing!

Kings Contrivance is still the best village in Columbia, and if re-elected I will continue to work to maintain quality programs, a beautiful facility, environmental sustainability and to serve our village with integrity. It has been a pleasure to serve, and I am asking for your vote on Election Day.

Thank You

 Ferzana Havewala 

My family and I chose Kings Contrivance to be our home because we were attracted to this vibrant community that holds so much promise for the future. In my professional life, as an Assistant Professor at the University of Baltimore, I study policy issues that impact urban life and ways in which to level inequality to enable vibrant and sustainable neighborhoods.  I ask for your vote so that I can harness my professional and personal skills at the most basic grassroots level to make a difference in my home community. This past year has especially taught us all the value of living in a well-endowed and safe community. I would like to serve on the Kings Contrivance Village Board to continue to cultivate a thriving and vibrant community where every resident can experience and revel in the promise of Columbia.

COLUMBIA COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE CANDIDATES’ STATEMENTS

THE FOLLOWING TWO RESIDENTS ARE SEEKING ELECTION TO A TWO YEAR TERM AS COLUMBIA COUNCIL REPRESENTATIVE

FOR KINGS CONTRIVANCE

1 Seat Open

Shari Zaret

Our Columbia Association facilities, like so many local businesses, have been affected by COVID restrictions and closings. A new online registration system is being put in place this summer, and fifteen neighborhood pools will be open every day. As your Village Representative, and resident of KC for over twenty-five years, I am committed to our shared community values of stewardship and fellowship.  I strongly support a Leadership Academy outreach effort by CA, with clear annual goals and objectives.  The challenges we face Post-COVID are to preserve and protect our green spaces and pathways, re-energize our village businesses and gathering places, and revisit our financial models and memberships.  My experience and knowledge in working with budgets, evaluating facilities and services, working cooperatively with CA Staff, and monitoring the safety of our neighborhoods, will help support our village efforts to achieve a financially and environmentally sustainable future. I would appreciate your vote.

 Broderick Young

My family chose Columbia in part for the inclusivity, environmental beauty, strong sense of community and amenities that we cherish. More so, we were drawn here and have stayed because of Columbia’s foundational commitment to being a community where all are represented, respected, and given equal opportunity to thrive. It is with these principles in mind that I am running to represent the Village of Kings Contrivance on the Columbia Council. I am committed to applying these values to every decision, to listening and engaging with my neighbors so your voices are heard and to innovating so Columbia is a place where future generations will be just as eager as we are to call this place home. Whether creative use of our open spaces, making sure outdoor pools are open for all or creating a more financially resilient CA, I would be honored to serve this great community.