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Four candidates vie for two slots on town council

December 03, 2004|by BRIAN SHAPPELL

shappell@herald-mail.com

HANCOCK - One incumbent and three residents seeking their first stint on the Hancock Town Council will vie for two openings in the town's Jan. 30 election.

Mayor Daniel A. Murphy, attempting to win his fifth term in the position, will face sitting Councilman Greg Yost.

The filing deadline for the Hancock mayoral and council election passed Thursday at 5 p.m., Town Manager Louis Close said.

The mayoral term is two years; the council terms are four years, Close said..

Incumbent Darwin Mills, Maurice "Rusty" Wheeler, Anthony McCusker and Frank Courtney filed as candidates prior to Thursday's deadline, Close said.

Polls will be open for the Jan. 30 election from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Close would not say if he thought turnout would be as high as the January 2003 election, when 538 of 1,018 (52.8 percent) registered voters cast ballots.

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"With a small town like this, you never know what to expect," Close said.

Close said he did not know if the "controversy" that followed the 2003 mayoral election would have an effect on the coming election's turnout. He declined to give further comment on the 2003 election, saying, "I don't want to get into all that."

Murphy defeated Mills by 44 votes (289-245) in January 2003.

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