Four file in Smithsburg council race

April 07, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

SMITHSBURG - The deadline to declare candidacy for the Smithsburg Town Council election passed Monday with four candidates in the race.

Two incumbents and two newcomers will vie for three open three-year positions in the spring election.

Smithsburg Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said Shirley Aurand, Jerome Martin, Thomas B. Smith and Debbie Mooney have declared themselves candidates for the May 11 election, to be held at Town Hall.

The following information was submitted to town officials on the candidates:

  • Aurand moved into Smithsburg in 1973 and worked at the Smithsburg Post Office for 23 years. Aurand has been a member of the Town Council for 1 1/2 years.

    Aurand also is president of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 306.

  • Martin, a Washington, D.C., native, moved to Smithsburg in 1984 and has been owner of Mar-Cal Construction Co. Inc. since 1987. He has been a Town Council member since 2000.

    Martin is a past president of the Washington County Homebuilders Association and has been a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

  • Smith has been a Smithsburg resident for eight years and works as a district sales manager at Coca-Cola in Rockville. Smith declared himself a candidate to improve the town's communication with residents and improve long-term planning.

  • Mooney moved to Smithsburg about five years ago and works as a nurse in a long-term car facility and as a Christian educator at United Methodist Church. Mooney has been a member of the Smithsburg Pride Days planning committee in recent years.

  • Councilman William Mills declared himself a candidate for the election in January, but withdrew from the race when he agreed to replace Councilman James LaFemina, who resigned unexpectedly in February. The remainder of that term runs through 2006.

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