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Stranathan's eligibility for council questioned

May 07, 2002|BY KIMBERLY YAKOWSKI

kimy@herald-mail.com

Keedysville's assistant mayor said Monday a question has arisen about whether newly elected Town Council member Jackie Stranathan has lived in the town long enough to be eligible for the office.

Assistant Mayor Matt Hull said during Monday's Town Council meeting that he's researching town documents to see how long a resident must live in town in order to run for office.

Stranathan has lived in town for a little less than a year, he said.

"No one had a problem with it, but there was just a question," he said.

Stranathan was elected during the town's election Saturday with 25 votes.

If Stranathan were to be deemed ineligible, the seat would go to the next highest vote-getter, David Gudeman. Gudeman received 12 votes.

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Richard Walton was also elected to a seat on council with 37 votes.

Stranathan and Walton will fill the seats being vacated by incumbents Judy and Jim Kerns. The husband-and- wife council members pulled out of the race because of family health problems.

Incumbent Councilman Barry Levey, Hull and Mayor Lee Brandenburg retained their seats with 43 votes each.

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