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Council members retained in Boonsboro

May 08, 2000|By KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro residents voted to keep two incumbent council members in office during Monday's town election.

Incumbents Richard Gross and Kevin Chambers garnered more votes than challenger Robert Hutzell Jr. to win the two open seats on council.

Gross was the high vote-getter with 109, followed by Chambers with 80 votes. Hutzell had 70 votes. Peggy Beeler received one write-in vote, according to town officials.

Also up for re-election was longtime Mayor Charles F. Kauffman Jr., who received 121 votes.

"I feel great, after 12 years to still have the support of the people," said Kauffman.

Randall W. Kissick, Mary Lee Kerns, Barbara Reeder, Natalie Mose and Donald Reeder each received one write-in vote each for mayor.

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The Town of Boonsboro has 1,367 eligible voters. A total of 147 people turned out at the polls. Six votes were disqualifed.

Chambers, 39, a Martinsburg, W.Va., native, has lived in Boonsboro for 15 years.

Chambers, of 101 David Drive, said he advocates "controlled growth" for the town and maintaining public safety and the town's water, sewer and streets.

He is married to Kris, 39, and they have a son, Adam, 9.

Chambers, a corporate safety manager for JLG Industries in McConnellsburg, Pa., said he strives to be accessible and provide answers to questions about town issues promptly.

"I feel good that the public feels confident in what we've done over the past four or five years," Chambers said.

Richard Gross, 66, has been a council member for more than 20 years and has lived in the town for 39 years. The semi-retired resident of 27 Young Ave. said he is a dedicated and experienced.

Gross said he appreciates the public's support and that he's "looking forward to four more years of hard work."

He is concerned with making the best of the town's recent $600,000 purchase of 46 acres to add to Shafer Park.

Gross said he would also like to initiate a program to help Boonsboro's elderly and infirm with such simple tasks as shoveling sidewalks and cutting grass.

Monday's town election marked Hutzell's second try for office. An Air National Guard technical sergeant who lives at 311 Lanafield Circle, he lost in 1996 while deployed to Germany and Bosnia,

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