Five seek seats on Sharpsburg Town Council

November 11, 2002|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Two political newcomers are joining three incumbent members of the Sharpsburg Town Council in competing for three seats in the town election on Nov. 19.

That doesn't include Vice Mayor and Town Councilman Hal Spielman, who is running unopposed for vice mayor.

The deadline to file for vice mayor or one of the three council seats up for election was midnight Monday.

Those who filed for council are:

  • Incumbent Patti Hammond, 55, of 301 W. Antietam St. Hammond is seeking her second term. She is an associate librarian at Western Maryland Public Libraries. Her husband, Ralph Hammond, also is a council member.

  • Incumbent Marjorie Jamison, 57, of 211 W. Main St. Jamison was appointed to the council in August 2001 to replace Denise Troxell, who resigned her post. Jamison is a retired teacher and is a substitute librarian for the Washington County Free Library's branch libraries.

  • Incumbent Russell Weaver, 57, of 234 W. Main St. Weaver is seeking his fifth term on the council. He is a sales executive with IBM Corp.

  • Paul Breitenbach, 56, of 138 W. Main St. Breitenbach is co-owner of the Jacob Rohrbach Inn in town.

  • Jennifer Silbert, 42, of 215 E. Main St. Silbert is a freelance writer.

Spielman became vice mayor in January 2001, filling a vacancy left when Vice Mayor Sid Gale took over as mayor after George Kesler resigned the post.


Spielman was re-elected to a second four-year term on the council in 2000, but is up for re-election so soon because he assumed the vice mayoral post. That term expires this year.

Spielman, 53, of 114 E. Main St., is an agriculture teacher at Smithsburg High School.

Council members earn $30 a year, Town Treasurer Tom McCall said. They earn an additional $1 for each special meeting they attend.

The polls at Town Hall will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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