Saum-Wicklein retains City Council seat

May 21, 1997


Staff Writer

Incumbent Republican Susan K. Saum-Wicklein reclaimed her Hagerstown City Council seat on Wednesday after a count of absentee ballots showed her defeating Democrat Larry A. Vaughn by 76 votes.

Who won the fifth seat on the council couldn't be determined until Wednesday's count of the 147 eligible absentee ballots.

Two absentee ballots were rejected because they weren't signed and six were not received in time, said Dorothy Kaetzel, Washington County's election director.

Saum-Wicklein received 1,794 votes compared with Vaughn's 1,718 votes, according to final election results.

"It'll be interesting to continue working on projects that we've been involved with, the past four years specifically," Saum-Wicklein said.

Promoting tourism as an economic development base is one example, she said.

Saum-Wicklein said she wasn't pessimistic about her chances, but had had several business issues to deal with recently.

She said she is traveling again, marketing and selling her mid-Victorian reproduction jewelry. Saum-Wicklein is president of Saum's Jewelers.


"My plate has been extremely full," she said.

Saum-Wicklein said if voters didn't recognize what she had contributed or dedicated to the city the past four years, it would be time for a change.

"I will serve with vigor the next four years, the same I did the last eight years," Saum-Wicklein said.

Saum-Wicklein will join incumbent Democrats William M. Breichner and Lewis C. Metzner and Republican newcomers J. Wallace "Wally" McClure and Alfred W. Boyer on the council.

The new mayor and council will be sworn in on June 2.

Vaughn, who lost his fourth council comeback attempt, swore he would not run for public office again.

Vaughn served on the council from 1973 to 1981. His other three failed comeback attempts were in 1981, 1985 and 1989.

"There will be no more elections for me," said Vaughn, 55, of the West End. He said he threw away most of his campaign signs.

While Vaughn was the top-vote getter among council candidates in the four West End precincts, he said he didn't get the big voter turnout in that area that he needed to win.

Many people in the West End think their vote is useless because City Council seats are elected at large, Vaughn said.

If it had been a ward system, he said he would have won.

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