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Mayor, council members keep seats

May 04, 2004|by WANDA T. WILLIAMS

wandaw@herald-mail.com

Despite a low voter turnout, Funkstown residents re-elected Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. and three incumbent Town Council members during Monday's town election.

"This is the lowest turnout we've had in several elections," said Funkstown Town Clerk Brenda Haynes.

Funkstown, with a population of 983, has 541 registered voters. Seventy-six residents turned out to cast ballots before the polls closed at 6 p.m., Haynes said.

Crampton, who ran unopposed, received 68 votes. Incumbent Town Council member Robert D. "Bob" Rodgers Jr. received 60 votes, Sharon R. Chirgott was re-elected with 56 votes and John W. Phillips III had 51 votes.

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Challenger Richard L. Gaver, in his third bid for a Town Council seat, captured 42 votes.

Mayor Robert L. Kline and council members Kimberly "Kim" Ramer and Richard W. Nigh aren't up for re-election until 2006. All council members serve four-year terms.

None of the Funkstown council members receives a salary. Instead, they receive a $30.30 credit toward their water, sewer and garbage bills. The mayor also receives a monthly $135 gas allowance, Haynes said.

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