5 make deadline for town election

April 15, 2004|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS

KEEDYSVILLE - Monday's deadline for filing to run for town office passed with just enough candidates to fill the five seats up for grabs in Keedysville's May 1 town election.

One new name will appear on the ballot.

Paul Tuennerman, 41, filed to run for one of two two-year council seats, Town Clerk Amy Simmons said Wednesday. Councilman Richard Walton did not file to run for re-election before the Monday afternoon deadline.

Simmons said Walton had not been able to attend recent meetings because of work obligations.

Lee Brandenburg is seeking re-election as mayor and Matt Hull as assistant mayor. Incumbent council members Barry Levey and Jacki Stranathan are running for one four-year council term up for grabs.


Simmons said a recent change to the town charter is intended to stagger council seats. One of those running for council in the May town election will serve a four-year term and the other two will serve two-year terms.

In 2006, those two-year council positions will be up for election, with the winners to be seated for four years. In 2008, the mayor, assistant mayor and one council position will be up for election again.

Simmons said the last three elections have been full-slate elections. The changes adopted last year were made to lessen the possibility of an election bringing a total change, but "it's possible it still won't alleviate it," she said.

Simmons said that if unforeseen resignations or other circumstances result in another full-slate election after this year, the top vote recipient for town council would be appointed for the four-year term and the others will be assigned two-year terms.

Tuennerman, reached Wednesday, said he's lived in Keedysville for four years and hopes to preserve the town's "charm and the setting and the small-town atmosphere."

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