Mike Pantelides

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Mike Pantelides
Mayor of Annapolis
Incumbent
Assumed office
December 2, 2013
Preceded by Joshua J. Cohen
Personal details
Born Michael John Pantelides
(1983-09-05) September 5, 1983 (age 31)
Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Annapolis, Maryland, U.S.
Alma mater West Virginia University
Religion Greek Orthodox

Mike Pantelides is the mayor of Annapolis, Maryland. He is a Republican. Pantelides was elected in November of 2013 over then-incumbent mayor Joshua J. Cohen.[1] Pantelides was 30 years old at the time of his election and is the city's first Republican mayor in more than a decade.[2]

Education and Early Life[edit]

Mike Pantelides was born in Annapolis on September 5, 1983 to parents John and Gloria Pantelides. He attended Kneseth Israel Kindergarten, Germantown Elementary School, St. Martin's Lutheran School, and Archbishop Spalding High School in Severn. In 2007 he received his B.A. degree in philosophy from West Virginia University where he was a member of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity.

A third generation Annapolitian, Mike’s grandparents arrived in Annapolis from Greece and Cyprus in the 1940s and opened The Royal Restaurant in the heart of the city’s historic district. Pantelides’ first political experience came when he was 3, during his father’s congressional campaign in 1986.

Career[edit]

Since college 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. Pantelides served as an at-large member of the Annapolis Republican Central Committee and president of the Germantown-Homewood Civic Association. He was campaign manager for Republican David Cordle in 2009 who attained 40.5 percent of the vote. He also served as campaign manager for Jerry Cave when Cave ran for state Senate in 2010.

Before selling government relations software (2012-2013) at Vocus, a Beltsville-based cloud marketing software firm, he sold advertising for The Capital and then The Baltimore Sun, for less than a year each. He also worked for his father, John Pantelides, as a land development consultant. His personal experience as an Eagle Scout, a volunteer with the Annapolis Jaycees, Habitat for Humanity, 21st Century Education Foundation, and faith-based groups give him a unique perspective of those in need.

In November 2013, Michael J. Pantelides was elected Mayor of Annapolis, becoming the city’s first Republican mayor since 1997. He credits his campaign’s success to the volunteer work done by the City’s diverse community that Annapolis prides itself on.

Mayor Pantelides ran on a “Sweep Annapolis Clean” platform, creating a crusade to change policy and process in the city. During his first 100 days in office, he began right-sizing government, reorganized departments and created initiatives that support business and economic development in the city, always mindful of the fragile environment. He also passed the city’s 2015 budget by an eight to one vote. The budget process was substantial and benefits the citizens by providing the important services, programs, and projects they demand and deserve without raising real estate taxes.

Meanwhile, the mayor set a new standard for the transition process in his administration. Mayor Pantelides wanted to make sure his transition team was responsive to Annapolis’s needs so he opened up the application process to the public. More than 200 citizens applied, and he appointed Democrats, Republicans, and Greens utilizing their diverse experiences and expertise.

Mayor Pantelides agrees that an inclusive approach is paramount to his success. He remains committed to creating innovative ways for citizen involvement. One of those ideas is making it possible to communicate with populations that, in the past, were difficult to reach. The Language Bank is made up of 61 residents that speak 23 different languages, ranging from Spanish to French, and Arabic to Italian. They offer their talents to the city, helping individuals to communicate through their translation services. Mayor Pantelides also brought on a Hispanic liaison to work with local faith based groups and the growing Hispanic community, in an effort to eliminate current barriers.

The mayor has an open door policy on the first Tuesday of each month where citizens can come in and discuss concerns, offer advice, or ask questions related to Annapolis.

Mayor Pantelides is an Ex Officio member of the National Sailing Hall of Fame, is a board member on the Annapolis and Anne Arundel County Visitors Bureau and sits on the Legislative Committee for the Maryland Municipal League.

Electoral history[edit]

Annapolis Mayoral Election 2013
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Mike Pantelides 3,934 50.3
Democratic Joshua J. Cohen 3,874 49.7 -0.6

References[edit]

Political offices
Preceded by
Joshua J. Cohen
Mayor of Annapolis
2013-present
Succeeded by
Incumbent