By BRENDAN KIRBY
SHARPSBURG - Voters defeated four-term Town Councilman Donald Kable and elected two other familiar faces amid light turnout Tuesday.
Vice Mayor George Kesler, of 208 S. Church St., waltzed to victory with 107 votes in his unchallenged bid for mayor. Hal Spielman, who ran unsuccessfully four years ago for mayor, finished in first place with 92 of the 129 votes cast in the council race. Ralph Hammond, who has served on the council since 1972, was re-elected with 70 votes.
Newcomer Earl "Gene" Benner Jr. finished third with 45 votes. Kable received 37 votes. About 30 percent of Sharpsburg voters went to the polls, down from 65 percent two years ago, said Anna Jamison, head of the elections board.
The mayor gets paid $300 annually, plus $2 for each meeting. Council members get $30 each year and $2 for each meeting. The Council will have to appoint a replacement for Kesler, who held the vice mayor's position.