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Albowicz, Baker get most votes in Clear Spring election

November 05, 2002|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - Fifty-nine voters showed up at the polls Monday to choose two candidates in Clear Spring's town election.

Julie Albowicz received 26 write-in votes for vice mayor, a position she currently holds but wasn't on the ballot for in the Monday election. The only name on the ballot for that seat was that of her late husband, Bill Albowicz, who died on Oct. 26.

Newcomer Terry Baker took the only vacant council seat, garnering 38 votes, said Town Clerk Juanita Grimm shortly after the polls at Town Hall closed at 7 p.m.

Bill Albowicz's name had to remain on the ballots because it was on the four absentee ballots that were distributed before his death, Grimm said.

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If there had been no write-in votes for vice mayor, the position would have to be filled by appointment of the mayor and council. But such was not the case.

Terry Baker said that if elected, he would work hard for the entire community with a special emphasis on young people.

He is a teacher of technology education at Western Heights Middle School. He and his wife, Katrina, and their two daughters, live at 9 Cumberland St.

Julie Albowicz, who owned and operated Hoff's Inc. with her late husband, has served several terms on the council, working 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 youth.

Bill Albowicz received 17 votes for vice mayor, according to Town Mayor Paul Hose Jr. Two write-in votes for vice mayor were cast for Paul Bryan; and Baker, Dave Irvin, Stu Brennan and Terry Hovermale received one write-in vote each, Hose said.

Julie Albowicz got 23 votes for council.

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