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Collins, Cordwell, Terry win director spots on OPA board

8/15/13 | By Sheila R. Cherry, Associate Editor

OCEAN PINES— The Ocean Pines Elections Advisory Committee reported the results of the 2013 elections to fill three seats with three-year terms on the Board of Directors during the annual homeowners association’s membership meeting Aug. 10. Two newcomers, John “Jack” Collins and William “Bill” Cordell, and one incumbent, Thomas “Tom” Terry, won the most votes, Chairwoman Judy Butler announced.

With a 47 percent voter response (7,484 ballots mailed/3,535 ballots received), former commercial banker Collins received 2,257 votes, former Baltimore County police officer Cordwell received 1,719 votes and Terry, the board president, received 1,712 votes.

Had there been four board positions rather than three up for election, Roland Langevin, a retiree from the U.S. Postal Service, would have won it. He had a very close fourth place showing with 1,636 votes.

Former board member Les Purcell received 1,174 votes and Ray Unger, the board’s vice president, received 1,122 votes.

The committee reported 19 of the ballots mailed were returned as “Not Deliverable,” 15 of which were resent; 19 ballots were manually counted; and 45 ballots were rejected.

Collins said his goal as a member of the board would be to do his best to represent the most people in Ocean Pines.

Collins ran as a reformer with a special interest in addressing the need for upgrades to the community’s stormwater management, and other longstanding infrastructure concerns.

“Thanks to all those who participated in this year’s election. Even those who did not care to support me, I appreciate your time and efforts,” said Bill Cordwell, who currently serves on the Budget & Finance Advisory Committee. He summed up the results of the election, and the Yacht Club referendum before it, as showing that the membership wanted the board to move forward.

“They are tired of the years of paying assessments and not seeing any progress and having one or two people telling all of us what we can and can't do. We have some good things happening,” Cordwell said.

In thanking the membership for reelecting him to the board for three more years, Terry, who serves as president, also wanted to assure voters that the OPA Board would stay true to its mission to provide the governance, administration, facilities, services and amenities that are necessary to make Ocean Pines an attractive, affordable, safe and enjoyable place to live and work.

“Their continued concerns over protecting and maintaining our community will be the focus of my efforts. There is much work left to do,” he said.


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