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Clear Spring candidates' qualifications reviewed

October 15, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - With the election just three weeks away, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said she is reviewing the qualifications of the prospective candidates for town council and vice mayor to make sure they all meet the residency requirement.

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.

To vote in the Clear Spring election, voters must be able to prove they live within the town limits.

Both the vice mayor and council members must maintain a permanent residence in the town during their two-year terms.

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

Council candidate Terry Baker, a teacher of technology education at Western Heights Middle School, lives at 9 Cumberland St. with his wife, Katrina, and their two daughters.

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Baker, 46, said he has lived in the Clear Spring area all of his life.

Another council hopeful, Samuel H. Chapman III, 40, lives with his wife, Teresa, and their daughter at 131 Cumberland St.

Joining Baker and Chapman on the Nov. 4 ballot for the one open council seat is longtime Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz.

Incumbent Councilman Bill Albowicz refiled for vice mayor and will be running unopposed in that position.

Grimm reminded all eligible voters that absentee ballots must be turned in by Oct. 25 at 4:30 p.m. in order to be counted in the election.

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