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Two announce run for Town Council

January 07, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

SMITHSBURG - Two people, including an incumbent, have officially declared their candidacies for Town Council, Smithsburg Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said Tuesday.

They are the first residents to announce their intention of seeking a council seat.

Incumbent Shirley Aurand and newcomer Bill Mills officially declared themselves candidates for the May 11 election, Martin said.

Aurand and Mills each will run for one of three, four-year terms on the council. The terms of Aurand, Elizabeth O'Connor and Jerome Martin expire this year, Martin said.

Aurand was appointed to the council in January to complete the remainder of former Councilman Jake Johnson's term.

Aurand worked as a clerk in the Smithsburg Post Office for 23 years, and now serves as president of the local chapter of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees.

Mills is seeking election to the council for the first time. He has lived in the Whispering Hills development for seven years.

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Martin said the deadline for potential candidates to declare themselves eligible is April 1. She said the town will hold a primary election if more than six candidates declare by that date.

Candidates do not declare a political party in the nonpartisan election, according to Martin.

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