October 5, 2011
The community association that represents neighborhoods along Liberty Road says it will start gathering signatures in a referendum drive to challenge the new Baltimore County Council districts finalized this week.
The Liberty Road Community Council is unhappy with changes in the minority-majority District 4, represented by Democrat Kenneth N. Oliver. Throughout the redistricting process this summer, Oliver and others complained about a plan to shift a Woodlawn area — including the Social Security Administration — to Democrat Tom Quirk’s District 1.
Before Monday’s unanimous vote, Oliver withdrew an amendment he proposed last week to keep the Woodlawn precinct of 6,000 in his district.
Christine Cypress, the community group’s president, said members are upset that the plan moves the tax-friendly enterprise zone surrounding the SSA into another district, where it will join the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. She said the move would dilute voting power and disrupt school districts.
“We were ready for this when the vote was [taken] on Monday,” Cypress said
The plan as passed would take effect for the 2014 elections.