By JULIE E. GREENE
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.