Was curious about how this all went down, how Republicans ended up with a majority on the council and how Erby ended up working for Page at 5x her previous salary… And why her personal come up at the expense of a Dem majority and black ‘representation’ is being pushed as a win for black county residents,
“Gray and Erby had been part of a bipartisan council alliance against former County Executive Steve Stenger. But that alliance died on April 29 when Gray backed Council Chairman Sam Page over Erby to succeed Stenger.
Erby, who had wanted the job, cast the only vote against Page. She was furious with Gray for not supporting her, but Gray said later she didn’t know Erby wanted the job. Days later, Page hired Erby as director of diversity, equity and inclusion.
That left the council with two vacancies. Under the county charter, the seats must be filled quickly in a special election, forgoing a traditional primary. Instead, party officials in each district are to select candidates. The County Council authorized a special election on Aug. 6 for both seats.
Voters haven’t heard radio ads or seen yard signs for these races. All electioneering has taken place in private communications among party officials. “
Quiet battle for power in County Council puts Hazel Erby and Rochelle Walton Gray at odds
Erby said Gray is breaking rules to pick her successor on the council. Gray says it’s sour grapes because she supported Sam Page for county executive.