Two candidates in the running for Clear Spring Town Council

October 31, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - The disqualification of one candidate and the unexpected death of another have cast a shadow over the upcoming town election.

Two candidates remain in the race for the one open council seat in Monday's election. But the one contender for vice mayor - Bill Albowicz - died on Oct. 26 at his Cumberland Street home.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said Tuesday that Bill Albowicz's name will remain on the ballots because his name was on the four absentee ballots that were distributed before his death.


Grimm said if there are no write-in votes for vice mayor, the position will have to be filled by appointment of the mayor and council. If there are write-in votes, the write-in candidate with the highest number of votes will be the winner.

The town election is Monday, Nov. 4, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Clear Spring Town Hall.

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

Following are the candidates for Town Council:

  • Terry Baker said he is very interested in the welfare of the town he calls home and wants to do what he can to keep it the nice community it has always been.

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

    "I have a strong interest in providing more sporting opportunities for youth," Baker said. "I have succeeded in my life because of sports."

    Once a competitive runner, Baker now considers himself a recreational runner but no less strongly motivated.

    "In this day and age, lots of kids get lost," Baker said. "When I look back, it was running and coaching that saved me."

    Baker said he believes that the community is behind these sports and he wants to see to it that more effort is put into those areas.

    Baker said he thinks crime is on the rise in town and points to sports as a way to stop that.

    "Any time an adult can touch a kid in a positive way, that's good," Baker said.

  • Longtime Vice Mayor Julie Albowicz withdrew her application for that post Oct. 7 and refiled for Town Council.

    Julie Albowicz has served several terms on the council, spearheading projects to modernize the town's sewer system, helping to bring a library to Clear Spring and supporting other activities to boost town pride and work with the youth.

    Only Baker and Julie Albowicz remain on the ballot as the election nears.

    Samuel H. Chapman III, who also filed for the open council seat in October, didn't meet the two-year residency requirement and withdrew from the race.

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

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