Tome announces bid for Brunswick mayor

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Source: Frederick News Post
Author: Nicholas C. Stern
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Date Published: 03/29/2012

Karin Tome, a Brunswick City Council member, plans to run for mayor in August. A 20-year city resident, Tome, 53, was elected to the council in 2008 after about a year of active involvement and opposition to the city’s annexation of the Brunswick Crossing development, which almost doubled the size of the city, she said. Brunswick Crossing, which opened in 2010, is expected to eventually include some 1,500 houses. Tome supported a failed 2001 referendum on the annexation, mostly because she believed it would create a divide in the city, she said. “I didn’t want to see Brunswick go in that direction,” Tome said. “Rather, I wanted to see Brunswick grow out slowly.” As the development begins to grow, along with renewed interest in downtown investment, Tome said she wants to foster mutual respect and cooperation among newcomers with fresh ideas for the future and lifelong residents who built the railroad city and may find the transition difficult. “I see myself in the role of continuing that transition,” she said.