Mike Pantelides

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Mike Pantelides
Mayor of Annapolis
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.


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.

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


Political offices
Preceded by
Joshua J. Cohen
Mayor of Annapolis
Succeeded by