Smithsburg elects 3 to council


SMITHSBURG - Smithsburg residents elected three newcomers to three open seats on the Town Council during Tuesday's town election.

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Elizabeth "Peachy" Mann garnered the most votes with 173, Jerome Martin received 165 votes and Jake Johnson got 154.

Former Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers received 134 votes.

Milton Lawyer, Charles Lucassen and Mark Orndorff each received one write-in vote. Joe Slick had four write-in votes.

The three incumbent council members, Thomas Hornbecker, James Cunningham and David Williams, chose not to seek re-election.

Mann, 37, said she was excited at the prospect of being on Town Council.

"I want to thank everybody who had confidence in me and voted for me," she said.

She said she looks forward to tackling the town's water and sewer rates and other issues.

Mann is employed as a community office manager at My Bank First United Bank and Trust in town.


She has two children who attend Smithsburg-area schools and is a member of the Smithsburg Lions.

Tuesday's win for Johnson was particularly sweet after his failed bid for council in 1998, he said.

"I'm honored but I'm cognizant that it was a really close race," said Johnson.

A nine-year resident of Smithsburg, Johnson, 52, of 117 Sherri's Way, is a teacher in the Frederick County School District.

He is married to Mary Coulby and has a son.

He said he will work hard to prove to voters they made a good choice.

Johnson encouraged all residents to be active in town affairs and to attend council and committee meetings.

Martin said he was pleased to be elected but knows there are some hard decisions ahead.

Balancing the budget and getting water and sewer rates under control are a top priority, he said.

Martin said he opposes a proposal to hire a third police officer for the town.

"I'm not saying we don't have problems but this is a sleepy community," he said.

A Washington, D.C., native, Martin, of 25 W. Water St., is married to Theresa Callamari and has a daughter.

Martin, 52, owns Mar-Cal Construction Co., which he and his wife established in 1987.

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