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Council candidates weigh in on issues

October 12, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - Clear Spring Town Council candidate Timothy Bonds will celebrate his 37th birthday on the town's election day and he is hoping that might be a good omen for getting elected this year.

For the second time in as many years, Bonds is on the ballot as a candidate for an open council seat. Bonds, 36, is a correctional officer with the Maryland Division of Correction.

He said his issues are the same as last year, and include exploring ways to cut down on the speed of vehicles coming through town. Living on the main street, Bonds said it is very difficult sometimes to open driver's-side doors because cars are going by so fast.

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Bonds also is determined to see Clear Spring get a swimming pool for the youngsters and to look into contracting with a cellular telephone company to put a tower on top of the water tower to be built at the town's reservoir property as a moneymaking project.

While Bonds was the only member of his family running for office last fall, that isn't the case this year.

A candidate for vice mayor, Krista Bonds is taking her first plunge into the political arena.

"I'm running to set a good example for the girls in my Girl Scout troop," she said. "My interest is in getting more community-based activities in Clear Spring and this is the way to do that."

She said she is interested in the 2005 resurveying of the town, which could affect a lot of homeowners who now live in flood-prone areas.

The wife of council candidate Timothy Bonds, she is following in the footsteps of her grandfather, the late Carl Brown, who was a member of the Town Council for many years.

After coordinating a day camp in Hancock during the past three summers with her husband, Krista Bonds said she is determined to see that there are more activities, especially for young people. The Bonds have four children ranging in age from 6 to 13 years.

A lifelong resident of Clear Spring, Krista Bonds, 35, is a 1987 graduate of Clear Spring High School. She is both a Girl Scout troop leader and a Cub Scout den leader.

Steven Blickenstaff, 41, is another political newcomer who has called Clear Spring home since 1990. A 1981 graduate of Clear Spring High School, Blickenstaff began working as a building inspector for Washington County Permits and Inspections earlier this year.

"I've spent many years volunteering in youth sports in Clear Spring," Blickenstaff said. "I just felt it was time to give something back to the community in which I live."

Blickenstaff and his wife, Glenda, have two children.

If elected to a council seat, Blickenstaff said he wants to continue the outstanding work of the current council, mentioning specifically his great respect for Julianna Albowicz, outgoing vice mayor who is moving outside the town limits and will no longer be eligible to serve on the council.

"Clear Spring is a quiet little town and I'd like to see it stay that way," Blickenstaff said.

The only incumbent in the race, Terry Baker is running for vice mayor this time after having been a council member for two years.

In 2002, Baker ran on a platform of bringing more youth activities to Clear Spring and this past spring, he made good on that promise. The first 5K run held the weekend of National Pike Days was a great success.

"We raised enough money to buy uniforms for the indoor and outdoor cross country track teams at Clear Spring High School," Baker said. He added that the event wouldn't have been possible without the help of the Clear Spring District Historical Association.

Now 48, Baker has been an educator for 25 years. Currently he teaches technology education at North Hagerstown High School. He and his wife, Katrina, have two daughters and reside at 9 Cumberland St.

Candidates must have resided in the town for at least two years immediately preceding the election and must be qualified voters of the town, according to the town charter.

Election terms are two years but staggered. Current Mayor Paul Hose Jr., and council members Gary Grove and Mason Mundey are in the middle of their terms.

To vote in the Clear Spring election, voters must be able to prove they live within the town limits and have for the past 30 days at least.

The mayor and council members must maintain a permanent residence in the town during their two-year terms.

The town election will be Monday, Nov. 1, from 2 to 7 p.m. at Clear Spring Town Hall. Absentee ballots must be picked up by Oct. 14 and returned to Town Hall by election day, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

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