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Four are re-elected in Boonsboro election

May 14, 2002|BY SCOTT BUTKI

scottb@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro voters stuck with the leadership they have, re-electing Assistant Mayor Howard W. Long and three incumbent council members Monday.

"I guess they like stability," incumbent Councilman Richard Hawkins said.

The election was Monday at the Shafer Park Community Center.

Out of 1,200 eligible voters, 121 cast their ballots, said Town Clerk Barbara Rodenhiser.

Hawkins said the low turnout could be read two ways: The eligible voters are confident or apathetic.

Assistant Mayor Howard W. Long, running unopposed, was re-elected to his second four-year term. He's spent a total of 20 years on the Town Council.

He received 91 votes.

Hawkins, 58, of 101 Maple Ave, received the most votes - 84 - of the council candidates. He has served on the council for 18 years.

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The voters' decision will let the town continue on its path and hopefully continue to improve, Hawkins said.

Incumbent Raymond D. Grove, 55, of 208 Della Lane, received 77 votes. Grove has been on the Town Council since 1992.

Due to the voters' decision, "we will continue to run this town," Grove said.

Incumbent Gene Smith, 72, of 205 Della Lane, received 65 votes. He has been on the Town Council for eight years.

Smith thanked the voters for re-electing him.

Challenger Ray C. Hoffman, 67, of 508 N. Main St., received 57 votes.

Told of the results by phone, Hoffman's only comment was, "I'm satisfied."

The three incumbents watched at the community center as the votes were counted, which took less than 30 minutes.

Rob Hutzell received one vote as a write-in candidate for assistant mayor.

Natalie Mose received three votes as a write-in candidate for council.

Hawkins had said he wanted another four years on the council to make sure Boonsboro keeps its small-town atmosphere. He wants to watch the town's rate of growth, he said.

Grove has said he'd like to see a pond built as part of the Shafer Park expansion. A pond would bring more activities to the town, he said.

Hoffman had said his top goal as a council member would have been to push the Washington County Sheriff's Department to crack down on speeders in town.

Most of the drivers heading to town on Main Street ignore the 30 mph speed limit until they hit the red light at the Maple Avenue intersection near the Boonsboro school complex, he said.

Smith, who is a member of the town's Police and Streets Commission, said speeders are a problem on at least three other roads in addition to Main Street, including Orchard Drive, David Lane and Della Lane, where he lives.

He said he'd like to encourage the resident deputies to do more patrols using radar to catch the speeders.

All of the candidates said they wanted to be on the Town Council to see the completion of the state's Main Street renovation project and to witness developments on the Shafer Park expansion project.

The state has been putting in sidewalks, sewer lines and doing other renovations on Main Street for about two years. The project should be complete by the end of September.

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