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Candidates file for election

October 08, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - As the deadline passed Monday night for candidates to file for two open seats on the Clear Spring Town Council, the number of players grew by two, signaling the first contested town election in years.

After thinking about getting involved in local government for years, Terry Baker took the plunge Monday when he filed for a seat on the council.

"I really like Clear Spring and I have an interest in keeping it the nice community it has always been," Baker said as the deadline for filing for the November town election passed at 9 p.m.

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A teacher of technology education at Western Heights Middle School, Baker, 46, has been teaching for 23 years. He also coaches cross country and track and is involved with youth.

He and his wife, Katrina, and their two daughters, live at 9 Cumberland St.

Growing up in nearby Pinesburg, Baker has lived in the Clear Spring area all of his life.

Samuel H. Chapman III also filed Monday for the open council seat.

Chapman, 40, describes himself as a staunch supporter of Maryland House Speaker Casper Taylor, D-Allegany, who is running for a seat in the General Assembly that will encompass the Clear Spring area.

"Like Taylor, I don't want to see developers come in here," Chapman said. "I want Clear Spring to stay the way it is."

Formerly employed in the construction industry, Chapman and his wife, Teresa, have one daughter. They live at 131 Cumberland St.

Joining Baker and Chapman on the Nov. 4 ballot for one open council seat is Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz, who withdrew her application for that post late Monday and refiled for town council.

In a similar move, Bill Albowicz withdrew his candidacy for council and refiled for vice mayor. He will run unopposed for that position.

Candidates for both positions must have resided in the town for at least two years immediately preceding the election and must be qualified voters of the town, according to the town charter.

In 2000, the Albowiczes ran unopposed and were elected to additional two-year terms.

The town election will be Nov. 4 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Clear Spring Town Hall.

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