- The Washington Times - Sunday, July 2, 2006

The chairman of the Prince William Board of County Supervisors is going national.

Last week, President Bush announced that he would nominate Sean T. Connaughton to lead the Maritime Administration at the Department of Transportation.

Mr. Connaughton, a lawyer, unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor last year, losing in the primary to William T. Bolling. Mr. Bolling went on to win the seat.

Mr. Connaughton has served as a senior transportation associate for the American Petroleum Institute.

He served in the Coast Guard from 1983 to 1986 after receiving a bachelor’s degree from the Merchant Marine Academy, He is a commander in the Naval Reserve.

He also holds a master’s degree from Georgetown University and a law degree from George Mason University.

• Hispanic history

The D.C. Office of Latino Affairs (OLA) is teaming with Maya, a Hispanic marketing firm, to produce a documentary about the history of Hispanics in the District.

“Through Our Eyes” — a documentary funded by OLA in celebration of its 30th anniversary — will feature donated pictures, stories, videos and recorded music that showcase Hispanic life in the District since the 1970s.

The fast-paced, English- and Spanish-subtitled film will feature residents, community leaders, activists and journalists discussing issues such as Hispanics’ settlement 30 years ago near the newly established embassies in Adams Morgan, increased Salvadoran emigration in the 1980s and the immigration rallies this spring.

OLA Director Gustavo Velasquez said the film will “look retrospectively at the contributions of Latinos in the nation’s capital.”

A film screening will be held in mid-September.

• Singalong campaign

With 10 candidates running for one seat on the D.C. Council, bold and daring campaigning isn’t out of the question, or so the minds behind Bill Rice’s council run seem to think.

Mr. Rice, a former journalist and a one-time spokesman for the D.C. Department of Transportation, plans to spice up his campaign for the Ward 3 council seat with a catchy jingle and some July Fourth fun.

The candidate plans to distribute Rice Krispies treats as he bikes along MacArthur Boulevard in the July Fourth Palisades parade tomorrow.

But it won’t stop there.

Bridget Davis, a spokeswoman for Mr. Rice, said he will be accompanied by singers from Middle C Music who will “belt out” the official campaign song, “Rice is Running,” which is sung to the tune of the advertising jingle for “Rice-a-roni, the San Francisco treat.”

Rice is running

for Ward 3 council seat.

Rice is running;

his platform can’t be beat.

For services that you’ve paid for,

his policy is open door.

Rice is running.

Your vote is all he needs.

“Everybody can join and march in perhaps the most American hometown experience we have in our nation’s capital,” Mr. Rice said. “Rain or shine, we will be handing out the Rice Krispies treats. It’s always fun.”

• Settlement

Frederick County, Md., has agreed to pay $55,000 to settle a lawsuit that says State’s Attorney Scott L. Rolle wrongly fired a worker, saying she abused sick leave.

The county agreed to give $40,000 in back pay and benefits to plaintiff Amy Hill-Boyer and to pay her $15,000 in legal fees, but it won’t reinstate her, the Frederick News-Post reported Thursday.

The county denies any wrongdoing in the settlement reached earlier this month after a mediation session in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.

Miss Hill-Boyer was fired in September after 10 years with the state’s attorney’s office.

Mr. Rolle is a Republican candidate for state attorney general.

• Call to resign

A Chesterfield County, Va., supervisor pleaded guilty Wednesday to sexually abusing a teenager, prompting board members to ask for his resignation.

Edward B. Barber, the former board chairman, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of sexual battery against a 16-year-old girl as part of a plea agreement. He originally was charged with one felony count each of aggravated sexual battery and object sexual penetration.

Mr. Barber, 50, was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended, and must submit to a sex offender evaluation. He was placed on three years of probation and must serve 100 hours of community service.

If Mr. Barber had been convicted of a felony, he would have been forced to give up his seat on the board. But at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Wednesday, members requested that he step down.

“In view of the serious nature of the convictions today, we feel he has violated the public trust and it would be inappropriate for Mr. Barber to continue to serve on this board,” board Chairman Dickie King said, a stand endorsed by the three other supervisors.

Mr. Barber told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he had no plans to give up his seat.

“I’ve represented that district well for 14 years, and I plan to continue to do that,” he said.

Mr. Barber would not say whether he would run for re-election in 2007.

Mr. Barber already had been suspended from his job as a physical education teacher at Crenshaw Elementary School. School officials said last week that his contract would not be renewed.

The charges did not involve a student at the school.

• Keyonna Summers and Amy Doolittle contributed to this column, which is based in part on wire service reports.


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