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Hovermale elected to vacant seat on Clear Spring council

March 08, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - Carol Hovermale was successful in her first run for public office, winning Monday's special election for a vacant seat on the Clear Spring Town Council.

"I'm feeling pretty good about my win," said Hovermale, who received 28 of the 56 ballots cast.

Timothy Bonds came in second with 17 votes as he tried for a council seat he had been unable to win in two previous regular town elections.

Newcomer Daniel Tedrick collected 11 votes in his first try.

Tedrick, 31, showed up at Town Hall as polls were closing to see how he had fared. He wished Hovermale success when she came across the street from her home after learning of her win.

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There were no write-ins in this election, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. "Turnout was pretty steady since polls opened at 2 p.m."

Bonds, 37, was running on a platform to resolve the problems of vandalism and to provide worthwhile activities and a voice for the youth.

When he filed, he also said he would support a resurvey of the town to update flood plain maps. And he said he was in favor of using the town's new water tower as a location for cellular telephone company antennas, thus generating revenue for the town while preventing construction of additional towers to spoil the town's appearance.

Hovermale, 62, is a school bus driver who has lived in Clear Spring all her life. She said she ran because she has the time now and would like to contribute to her community.

Tedrick had said he decided to run because there are some issues in the Brennan Drive area of town where he lives that need addressing, such as water leaks and snow removal.

The seat was held for the past 21 years by Gary L. Grove, who resigned after moving outside town limits in mid-January.

Mayor Paul Hose Jr. said he would like to have Hovermale sworn in by next Monday's March meeting.

"We welcome her aboard," Hose said, noting that her husband, Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale, served on the council in the 1980s.

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