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Town elects newcomer, three incumbents

May 02, 2000|By ANDREA ROWLAND

FUNKSTOWN - Funkstown voters Monday re-elected their assistant mayor and two incumbent council members and chose one newcomer to fill four open council seats.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr., who has served in town government since 1988, ran unopposed and garnered 81 votes, said Town Clerk Brenda Haynes.

Five candidates vied for the remaining three open council spots.

Incumbents Sharon Chirgott and John Phillips III faced challengers Robert H. "Buddy" Nigh, Richard Gaver and Robert D. Rodgers Jr.

Councilwoman Lorraine Smith did not file for re-election.

Rodgers tallied the most votes with 89 to win one of the open seats, Haynes said.

"I'm ecstatic," said Rodgers, 39, who is the store manager and meat cutter at Smithsburg Market.

He had been narrowly defeated by incumbent Councilmen Richard W. Nigh and Kimberly A. Ramer in the 1998 council race. Rodgers said he campaigned for the 2000 election by "knocking on some doors" and passing out flyers.

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Chirgott with 62 votes, and Phillips with 60 votes, will return to the council, Haynes said.

Chirgott, 53, who has served on the Town Council since 1986, also is the president of the Washington County Teachers Association. She thanked voters for re-electing her.

Phillips, 36, who is as a field inspector for the Washington County Engineering Department, couldn't be reached for comment Monday night. He was first elected to the council in 1996.

Robert Nigh received 35 votes and Gaver got 29 votes, Haynes said.

She said 104 of Funkstown's 573 registered voters turned out at the polls.

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