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Five vie for two Clear Spring seats

November 03, 2005|By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

CLEAR SPRING - A wish to preserve the charm while improving the quality of life in their small town is a common thread among the five candidates for two open seats on the Clear Spring Town Council.

The election is Monday at Clear Spring Town Hall. Polls will be open from 2 to 7 p.m.

"I have some traffic concerns," said Daniel Tedrick, 32, of Brennan Drive. "There are lots of blind corners in the back alleys and speed is a problem."

An electrician, Tedrick said he believes mirrors should be erected at the intersections so motorists can see what is coming.

Tedrick also said he will support the replacement of aging waterlines in the town if he is elected.

Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale, 64, of 145 Cumberland St., simply wants to serve his town in any way he can.

"I'm close, I'm handy and I could be a help to Juanita," he said, referring to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm.

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The owner of Clear Spring Hardware Store, Hovermale worked closely with the late Mason Mundey, a councilman/street commissioner for a number of years. Mundey died earlier this year.

"I learned a lot from him," Hovermale said. "We don't play politics in this town and I like that."

Hovermale served one term on the council in the 1980s.

The only incumbent in the race is Carol Hovermale, 63, of 145 Cumberland St., who won former councilman Gary Grove's seat in a special election last spring. The wife of Teddy Hovermale, she is a school bus driver.

"I thought I'd enjoy it and I have," Carol Hovermale said. "I want to continue working with the mayor and council in the work of getting water meters installed and on the upcoming sewer plant upgrade."

Timothy A. Bonds, 37, is a correctional officer who also is a 12-year member of the Army National Guard.

In previous runs for a council seat, Bonds has pledged to address the problems of vandalism in the community and provide more worthwhile activities and a voice for youth.

Bonds said he would support a resurvey of the town to update the flood plain maps. He also sees the town's new water tower as a perfect location for cellular telephone company antennas, generating income for the town.

Melissa Sword, 32, is a first-time filer for a council seat.

"I've lived here all my life," Sword said. "It's a nice town and I'd like to see it stay that way."

Running unopposed for mayor is current Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr., 58, who has held the office for 22 years.

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 returned to Town Hall by Election Day.

For information on voting, call 301-842-2252.

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