Two incumbents, one newcomer vie for council seats

November 10, 2004|by JULIE E. GREENE

SHARPSBURG - Two incumbents and a political newcomer are running for two Sharpsburg Town Council seats in next Tuesday's town election.

Mayor Hal Spielman is unopposed in his bid to retain the mayoral post.

Spielman and the two incumbent council members were not elected to their current posts. Spielman was promoted from vice mayor to mayor in March 2003 after then-mayor Sid Gale resigned. The two incumbent council members were appointed to fill vacancies.

Town residents who are registered to vote can cast ballots at Town Hall on Tuesday, Nov. 16, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Town Clerk Anna Jamison said.


While none of the council members or the mayor accepts payment, the people in those positions are entitled to pay, Treasurer Tom McCall said.

The mayoral post pays $75 a quarter plus $2.50 per special meeting, McCall said. The council positions pay $2.50 per meeting.

The mayor and council positions are four-year terms.

Running for council are Joseph "J.W." Eichelberger, Jeff Saylor and Janet Kaetzel.

Asked if he had a campaign platform or if there were issues about which he was concerned, incumbent Eichelberger said, "We'll address them as they arise."

Eichelberger, 38, of 114 E. Chapline St., is a trooper 1st class stationed at the Washington County barrack of the Maryland State Police. He is married with two children.

Saylor, an incumbent, said he likes the town's low-key, controlled growth.

"I want to keep the town as is," he said.

Saylor said he might like to see a few more small businesses move into the Town Square area.

Saylor, 48, of 317 W. Main St., is a special education assistant in the life skills class at Western Heights Middle School. He also works part time at Food Lion in Shepherdstown, W.Va., and for Osborne Funeral Home in Williamsport.

He and his wife, Karen, have a 3-year-old daughter, Emily.

Kaetzel said she decided to run after a neighbor asked if she was interested.

Kaetzel said she is interested in the youth in the community and might want to get some local activity, such as a sport, organized for teenagers.

Kaetzel, 49, of 318 W. Main St., is a customer service representative II with F&M Bank in Boonsboro.

She is a notary and a licensed insurance agent, although she is not now working as the latter. Kaetzel is married with two grown children.

Spielman said he wants to keep Sharpsburg "a nice little town for people to live in."

He also said he wants to try to help people who call with a problem and to maintain the town's water and sewer subsidy. Town officials began giving residents who are Washington County water and sewer customers a rebate several years ago to help them pay for dramatic rate increases.

Spielman, 55, of 114 E. Main St., retired from teaching agriculture at Smithsburg High School on June 30. He is substitute teaching in county high schools.

Spielman is married with two grown children.

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