Hancock mayor says he won't run again

November 13, 1996



Staff Writer

HANCOCK - No matter what the outcome of Hancock's municipal election on Jan. 27, there will be a shake-up of town government.

Mayor Ralph Wachter announced Wednesday night at the Town Council meeting that he will not run for re-election.

Councilman Steve Douglas also announced he will not seek re-election.

Councilman Dan Murphy said that he will run for mayor.

Those are the only seats up for re-election. There are a total of four seats on the council.

Wachter, who has served two two-year terms, read a three-page statement citing a list of 25 accomplishments he and the council have achieved. He said that was only a partial list.


Among the accomplishments he enumerated were:

  • initiation of a new well-based water system for the town.
  • acquisition the old Hancock Elementary School for free from the county and turning it into the town hall and community center.
  • establishment of the Hancock Well Being Foundation to accept donations to the town.

Wachter said he had been a public servant for most of the last 50 years, starting with Army service in Japan in 1946 and including stints as a teacher, principal and superintendent of schools in Calvert County, Md.

He served on the Hancock Planning Commission for four years before he ran for mayor, Wachter said.

"I have no plans at this time" to run for other office, he said after the meeting.

Asked why he wasn't seeking re-election, Wachter, 68, said "I want to pursue other interests."

Douglas said he wasn't running for re-election because of business obligations but "I'd love to serve again some time."

Murphy, a veterinarian who has served on the town council for one four-year term, said, "There's a lot of accomplishments here. There's a lot of things unfinished."

He said he would run for mayor to "get some of these jobs finished."

Town Manager Lou Close said only one candidate has filed so far to run for mayor - Roland Lanehart, owner of Roland's Garage & Used Cars on E. Main St. - and no one has filed to run for the two council seats.

Applications for nominations may be obtained at Town Hall, 126 W. High St., during normal business hours. Nomination applications must be received by Dec. 27.

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