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Clear spring candidates re-elected

November 02, 1998|By MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING, Md. - A town election with no contested races took its toll on voter turnout Monday night in Clear Spring.

Forty-four voters cast their ballots at the town election polls, which were open from 2 to 7 p.m., at Clear Spring Town Hall.

About 250 people are eligible to vote in town elections. The only requirements are that voters must be at least 18 years old and a town resident for at least 30 days.

On the ballot were Julie Albowicz, who retained her seat as vice mayor of Clear Spring; and William Albowicz who won another two-year term as a town council member.

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"I'm thrilled that we had a nice turnout, thanking us for the work we're doing," Julie Albowicz said.

She got 41 votes and William Albowicz got 37 votes.

No one else had filed for either position when the town primary was held in early October, according to Town Clerk Nancy Keefer.

Write-in votes were cast for Stewart Brennan, who got two votes for vice mayor and four for council. Bruce Blair got one write-in vote for vice mayor and one for council.

For the second year, a voting booth for children was set up during the regular polling hours at Town Hall.

Twenty-two children got the chance to experience the voting process, according to Julie Albowicz, who spearheaded the program a year ago.

"The turnout was really good this year," Julie Albowicz said.

The youngest of the children to "vote" were 6-year-old twins and the oldest was 17.

Town Mayor David Hose Jr., and council members Gary Grove and Mason Mundey were returned to their two-year posts in November 1997 elections.

The general election polls today will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Clear Spring Elementary School. Only those who are registered to vote in Washington County may cast ballots.

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