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Town election theme is continuity

April 15, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

BOONSBORO - Boonsboro voters will go to the polls May 10 to elect two Town Council members and a mayor.

Four candidates, including two incumbents, are vying for the open council seats.

Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. is unopposed for re-election.

Incumbent Councilman Kevin M. Chambers, 43, said his re-election to a third term would allow him a chance to continue working on town projects already under way.

"I'm chairman of the Boonsboro Municipal Utilities Commission and we'll be upgrading the waste water treatment plant in the next two years," Chambers said.

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Chambers has lived in Boonsboro for 18 years and holds a master's degree in business administration from Frostburg State University. He's the director of human resources for Richard F. Kline Inc. in Frederick, Md.

Councilman Richard W. Gross, 70, has served 24 years on the town council. He said his re-election would help maintain continuity in the midst of several revitalization projects.

"I want to see the beginning and completion of a new library," he said. "I also want to see the beginning of the Shafer Park expansion project."

A Boonsboro resident for 42 years, Gross retired in 1986 from Allegheny Power. He works part time with G.A. Miller Lumber Co. in Williamsport.

The incumbents are being challenged by William L. Tritapoe and Mark K. Smith.

A Maryland real estate broker and licensed auctioneer, Tritapoe, 72, ran unsuccessfully for a town council seat in 1996.

Tritapoe said he will bring 30 years of experience to the council and he would like to create more recreational opportunities for area children.

"I'd like to see a place built for children, something to keep them off the street," Tritapoe said.

He founded South Mountain Realty and Auction Company in 1993. He sold his half of the business to his partner and currently works for the company out of his home.

Smith, 42, a life-long resident of Boonsboro, said he wants to bring a younger perspective to local politics. Smith said he'd like to see improvements in local streets.

"There are a lot of streets in dire need of repairs," he said.

Smith is plant manager for Universal Forest Products in Ranson, W.Va.

Kauffman, 54, has been the town's mayor since 1988.

Kauffman said he wants to build on a long list of improvements made under the current administration. He said he's most proud of the town's passage of a growth management ordinance that requires developers to foot the bill for town expenses associated with new development.

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