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After legal victory, Anne Arundel councilman will leave office

aa sealFive months ago, deposed Anne Arundel County Councilman Daryl Jones returned to office after a lengthy legal battle.

On Tuesday, Jones willingly gave up his seat.

The Capital reported Jones did not file for reelection for financial reasons. Jones told The Capital he will seek public office again after some time in the private sector.

“My focus right now is going to be on building and rebuilding my financial independence,” Jones said.

Jones, who served two terms, spent five months in a South Carolina prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to failing to file personal and business tax returns. As Jones began his sentence, the council passed an emergency bill removing him from his seat.

That began a legal battle over whether Jones was still a county resident while in jail. Jones took his case all the way to the Court of Appeals, which ruled in July that he still met residency requirements for council members.

An Anne Arundel County Circuit Court judge shot down the ordinance in September, putting Jones back on the council.

Two candidates filed to replace Jones, according to the State Board of Elections — Republican Bill Heine and Democrat Pete Smith, who filled Jones’ seat after Jones’ removal.

 

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