Five file for pair of seats on Clear Spring council

October 04, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

Five hopefuls have filed for two seats on the Clear Spring Town Council.

They are a husband and wife, two previous unsuccessful candidates and a newcomer.

In the mayoral "race," current mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. was the only filer.

Council candidates in the Nov. 7 election are:

  • Current councilwoman Carol Hovermale, 63, of 145 Cumberland St.

  • Former councilman Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale, 64, of 145 Cumberland St., who served in the 1980s.

  • Daniel Tedrick, 32, of Brennan Drive, who sought a council seat last November.

  • Timothy Bonds, 37, a candidate three times before for council.

  • Melissa Sword, 32, a first-time filer.

Tedrick, Bonds, Sword and the Hovermales are seeking to fill the seats once held by the late Mason Mundey, who died earlier this year, and Gary Grove, who moved out of town limits in January.

"It was a rough decision this time," Hose said, noting he has held the office of mayor for 22 years. "It doesn't require a lot of time, but it can come at all hours."


Hose said a great deal of the day-to-day town business is handled by Town Clerk Juanita Grimm and that helps him fulfill the requirements of mayor.

In March, Carol Hovermale was successful in her first run for public office, winning a special election for Grove's vacant seat. She received 28 of the 56 votes cast.

Timothy Bonds came in second in that special election with 17 votes.

Mundey's seat remained vacant after his death.

The election is Nov. 7, at Clear Spring Town Hall. Polls will be open from 2 to 7 p.m. To vote in the election, voters must be able to prove they have lived within town limits for the past 30 days.

Absentee ballots must be picked up 14 days before the election and returned to Town Hall by Election Day, Grimm said.

Terms for the offices are two years.

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