Columbia Council and Village Board Election Information

Last month a wrote a primer "Village Boards and the Columbia Council, explained" on the function and importance of these critical local government elected community positions and provided my pitch on why community members should consider getting involved.


Below is a village-by-village breakdown of the upcoming elections for Columbia Village Boards and Columbia Council representation (who sits on the CA Board of Directors).


Each of Columbia's 10 villages establish their own by-laws, board structure and election processes. And each village is different. For example, elected members of most villages serve two-year terms, whereas three villages (Hickory Ridge, Oakland Mills, and Wilde Lake) serve only one-year terms.


This year, 7 of the 10 seats on CA's Board of Directors are up for election. These include:

  • Dorsey's Search

  • Hickory Ridge

  • King's Contrivance

  • Long Reach

  • Oakland Mills

  • River Hill

  • Wilde Lake

Additionally, the voting methods, key dates, eligibility criteria, and candidate submission requirements differ for each village. Below is a village-by-village compilation of key information, but please refer to your village's website for specific details. Note that not all details are known for each village at this time, and I will update this article to fill in the "TBDs" as this information becomes available.

Dorsey's Search

Current CA Representative: Dick Boulton

Columbia Council Representation Election?: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: X out of 4

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: TBD

Election Date: TBD

Voting Methods: TBD

Village Board Meetings: 2nd Wednesday of each month, 7 PM

Website: www.dorseyssearch.org


Harper's Choice

Current CA Representative: Alan Klein

Columbia Council Representation Election?: No

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: 3 out of 5

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: March 14, 2021

Election Date: April 24: Abstentee ballots accepts up to 11:59 PM April 23

Voting Methods: Mail and electronic online voting. Detailed voting info will be sent out to residents via newsletters ~ April 1.

Village Board Meetings: 1st Tuesdays of each month, 7 PM

Website: www.harperschoice.org


Hickory Ridge

Current CA Representative: Jessamine Duvall

Columbia Council Representation Election?: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: 5 out of 5

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 1 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: Friday March 12, 2021, noon

Election Date: April 24, 2021

Voting Methods: In-person, mail, electronic online voting

Village Board Meetings: 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month, 7:30 PM

Website: www.hickoryridge.org


King's Contrivance

Current CA Representative: Shari Zaret

Columbia Council Representation Election?: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: X out of 6

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: TBD

Election Date: TBD

Voting Methods: TBD

Village Board Meetings: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month, 7:30 PM

Website: www.villageofkc.org


Long Reach

Current CA Representative: Janet Evans

Columbia Council Representation Election: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: X out of 5

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: TBD

Election Date: TBD

Voting Methods: TBD

Village Board Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month, 7:30 PM

Website: www.longreach.org


Oakland Mills

Current CA Representative: Ginny Thomas

Columbia Council Representation Election?: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: 7 out of 7

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 1 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: Friday March 12, 2021

Election Date: Saturday, April 24, 2021 (mail-in ballots must be postmarked on or before April 24, 2021)

Voting Methods: Mail-in and if feasible, in-person (TBD based on pandemic and subject to change, see website for more info)

Village Board Meetings: 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month, 7 PM

Website: www.oaklandmills.org


Owen Brown

Current CA Representative: Andrew Stack

Columbia Council Representation Election?: No

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: 3 out of 5

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: TBD

Election Date: TBD

Voting Methods: TBD

Village Board Meetings: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7 PM

Website: owenbrownvillage.org


River Hill

Current CA Representative: Renee DuBois

Columbia Council Representation Election?: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: X out of 7

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: March 21, 2021

Election Date: April 24, 2021

Voting Methods: TBD

Village Board Meetings: Varies (normally 1 meeting per month, except in March & April when there are two meetings - usually first Monday)

Website: villageofriverhill.org


Town Center

Current CA Representative: Lin Eagan

Columbia Council Representation Election?: No

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: 3 out of 5

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 2 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: Friday March 12, 2021 - noon. Candidate Statements due March 13

Election Date: Ballots accepted up to April 24, noon

Voting Methods: Absentee Ballots and Electronic Voting. Detailed voting info will be sent out to residents via newsletters ~ April 1.

Village Board Meetings: 2nd Wednesdays of each month, 7 PM

Website: www.columbiatowncenter.org


Wilde Lake

Current CA Representative: Nancy McCord

Columbia Council Representation Election?: Yes

# of Village Board Seats up for Election: 5 out of 5

Term Length: CA Rep and Board members serve 1 year terms

Candidate Submission Deadline: TBD

Election Date: TBD

Voting Methods: TBD

Village Board Meetings: 1st Mondays of each month, 6:30 PM

Website: www.wildelake.org

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