Hyattsville Gazette: Area mayor makes history at League conference
by Jeremy Breningstall Staff Writer
June 15, 2000
Tuesday marked a historic first for the
Harrington was elected MML first vice-president, representing the only African American to ever hold the post.
Selected by the more than 100 municipalities attending this week's convention in
In explaining his decision to run, Harrington emphasized the symbolic importance of having an African-American as first vice-president.
"Diversity is very important to me," Harrington said after being sworn in. "As we build [a unified]
Gov. Parris Glendening (D) of
"I'm really pleased to be able to swear [Harrington] in tonight," Glendening said in an interview after the election. "I think it's tremendous. It not only reflects the great diversity of state, but the large number of municipalities that are majority African American. I think this is a big step for [the municipalities] as well."
Bladensburg Councilwoman Helen Robinson said, "[Harrington] is a great man. He's really done a lot for Bladensburg."
In particular, she mentioned his efforts to decrease traffic disruptions from CSX, and his role in the
Harrington has been a member of the MML Board of Directors for two-and-a-half years. Current First Vice President W. Glenn Steckman III,
Glendening noted that if tradition holds true, Harrington will be elected president of MML next year.
Speaking before the
"It meant a lot to me to have a former [MML] president support my nomination," Harrington said.
The annual MML Convention took place from Sunday through Wednesday, and included a series of training workshops and social opportunities for mayors, council members, police chiefs and administrators.
One hundred and fifteen out of 157 municipalities in
Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (D), Prince George's County Executive Wayne Curry, and
Speaking just before the swearing in of MML's new board, Glendening said, "I always take pride that [working as a Councilman] is where I started."
Bowie Councilman Dennis Brady, Greenbelt Mayor Judith Davis, and Laurel Councilman Craig Moe were among the 10 new members-at-large elected on Tuesday. Also serving on the board are District 9 President Vivian Dodson, mayor of Capitol Heights; Prince George's County Municipal Clerks Association President Sue Page, clerk of Hyattsville; and Prince George's County Municipal Public Works Association President Frank Bigdeli, director of public works of Hyattsville.
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