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Two Boonsboro councilmen sworn in

July 07, 2004|by SCOTT BUTKI

BOONSBORO - Now that the town of Boonsboro's election tie has been resolved, council members Richard Gross, 70, and William Tritapoe, 72, were sworn in Tuesday night.

This will be Gross' sixth consecutive term as a councilman and Tritapoe's first term.

Gross and Councilman Kevin Chambers each received 87 votes in the May 10 town election.

In that balloting, Tritapoe won one of two open council seats with 88 votes, and an unopposed Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman won his fifth term as mayor.

On June 7, the council approved a provision to the town charter providing for runoff elections when needed. The town charter previously did not specify a course of action for election ties.

Gross beat Chambers by 53 votes, 147-94, in the June 24 runoff election.

At Tuesday's meeting, Kauffman asked Gross and Tritapoe if they wanted to comment on the election.

"I am part of history. I am glad to be back," Gross said.

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Tritapoe said he was thankful for everyone who voted for him.

"I hope I can be an asset to the town," Tritapoe said.

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