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Blickenstaff, Baker happy to be elected

November 02, 2004|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

A newcomer and a one-term incumbent won the two seats up for grabs in Monday's Clear Spring town election, in which 79 voters cast ballots.

Steven Blickenstaff was elated when he learned he was the top vote getter for a council seat. In his first try for political office, Blickenstaff garnered 53 votes.

"I'm very happy," Blickenstaff said as he waited at town hall for the votes to be counted. "I'm ready to go to work."

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

The only other candidate for the open council seat was Timothy Bonds, who received 25 votes in his second run at the position. One year ago, Bonds, 37, received 24 votes in his first try at political office.

"I thank everyone who came out to vote," Bonds said.

Terry Baker, a council member for two years, was the top vote getter for the position of vice mayor with 64 votes.

"I want to thank the community for putting their trust in me," Baker said. "I'll do my best."

As a council member, Baker helped organize a 5K run the weekend of National Pike Days, making good on a campaign promise to bring more youth activities to Clear Spring.

Baker, 48, has been an educator for 25 years. He teaches technology education at North Hagerstown High School.

His opponent, Krista Bonds, 35, received 15 votes.

"I'm not sure if I will run again," she said Monday night. "But I'm glad that good people are getting in."

The wife of candidate Timothy Bonds, she said she ran because of her interest in getting more community-based activities in Clear Spring.

Four of the 79 votes counted Monday night by election judges Faye McCarty, Toni Hose and Hartzell Rohrer were absentee ballots, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said. There was one write-in vote for David Irvin.

Thirteen children voted in the Kids Vote polls, which were sponsored this year by Brownie Troop 267. The children cast eight votes each for Krista and Timothy Bonds and five votes each for Terry Baker and Steven Blickenstaff.

Lauren Staley, 13; Danielle Hill, 7; and Savannah Mills, 6, were among those working the Kids Vote polls Monday night.

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.

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