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Mike Pantelides Wins Annapolis Mayoral Race
It took election officials more than 24 hours reviewing and counting absentee and provisional ballots, but at the end Republican newcomer Mike Pantelides was proclaimed winner of the Annapolis, MD, mayoral election, defeating incumbent Mayor Josh Cohen by just 59 votes! It is the first time in over 30 years that a Republican has won the city’s Mayoral Seat.
Michael John Pantelides, Pro-local business, Environmental Activist, and Civic Involvement Leader, is 30 years old, born and raised in Annapolis, with three generations of his name sake in the city. His grandparents arrived there from Greece and Cyprus in the 1940’s and opened The Royal Restaurant in the heart of the city’s historic district.
Pantelides graduated from West Virginia University and is currently taking education courses in Ecosystem Restoration and Ecological Principles and Environmental Assessment. Since graduation, Mike has moved back to the city where he was born and raised with the intention of using the knowledge he gained to improve Annapolis.
He sits on the Board of Directors for the 21st Century Education Foundation, an organization that works towards matching the needs of the schools within Anne Arundel County with their surrounding resources. As a current and active member of both the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Sierra Club, he strives to promote funding and advocate for the environmental needs of the City of Annapolis.
Mike Pantelides currently works as a Government Relations professional at Vocus, where he aids clients in monitoring legislation, managing Political Action Committees (PACs), and maintaining a professional online advocacy website while analyzing their lobbying efforts and legislative success.
His passion for improving the City of Annapolis is demonstrated in his role as President of his Community Association. Citizen safety is crucial, and as Captain of the Neighborhood Watch, Mike keeps his members informed of crime statistics in the area and provides safety tips to encourage awareness and security.
“Throughout my time growing up in Annapolis, I’ve always loved my town and have devoted so much of my time to improving our great city. Becoming mayor is a leadership role that will allow me to share my vision with the community and to help improve the lives of fellow Annapolitans,” he says. “My platform for a better Annapolis will be guided by the lights of fiscal responsibility, environmental security, responsible growth, and above all, putting our citizens first.”