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Smithsburg residents push write-in campaign

May 11, 2002|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

SMITHSBURG - Some Smithsburg residents have launched a write-in campaign to keep Charlie Slick on the Town Council.

Slick announced in January that he would not seek re-election to the council after serving 14 years.

However, a group that includes residents Charles and Marjorie Lucassen and mayoral candidate Mike Rohrer plan to write in Slick's name.

"He is just town-oriented and this town is his life," Marjorie Lucassen said.

She said that as the April 1 filing deadline approached, Slick lamented that he didn't run, so she offered to start a write-in campaign.

The election is Tuesday. Voting will be open from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the town hall.

James LaFemina and Ralph J. Regan are the only two candidates to file for two open seats on the council.

Rohrer is running against Mildred "Mickey" Myers for mayor.

At last Tuesday's monthly Town Council meeting, which would have been Slick's last, he didn't respond when Lucassen announced the write-in campaign.

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In a telephone interview Friday, Slick said he would serve again if he receives enough votes.

"I'm very happy that they think that much of me," he said.

Slick said this arrangement allows him to keep intact his record of never losing an election in which he has run.

"I don't want a defeat against me," he said.

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