Four more join College Park council race, one drops out

Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2006

Four more College Park residents filed to run for two empty council seats next month, while a University of Maryland student withdrew his candidacy.

David Daddio, a senior at the university, said he would run for the vacant District 3 council slot last week, but announced Monday that an internship could require a move out of College Park before the end of the two-year council term.

‘‘At this point, I can’t commit to staying to the end of the term like I originally thought,” said Daddio. ‘‘I thought it was a good idea to get out before the elections.”

City residents Rosario Scarato and Linda Lynch will join North College Park activist Mary Cook in the race for the District 4 seat, which became vacant after Del. Joseline Pena-Melnyk (Dist. 21) of College Park won the election in November.

The District 3 contest includes Old Town Civic Association President Stephanie Stullich and university student Nick Aragon, who now are joined by longtime resident Jutta Hagner and Robert Massey, a member of the Calvert Hills Civic Association.

Hagner, who lost her bid for the City Council in 2005, is a University of Maryland graduate who helped launch Glenn Burnie’s Chesapeake Science Point Charter Middle School last year.

Massey, a College Park resident for five years, issued a press release outlining what he saw as pressing city issues, including relationships between university and city officials.

He said the two parties should work together solve public safety and transportation problems.

‘‘The problems are the same for both,” he said. ‘‘The ongoing rift is doing the residents of College Park no good.”