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Clear Spring husband, wife win council seats

November 08, 2005|by MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

With 53 voters casting ballots, a longtime mayor was returned to office, and a husband and wife were elected to fill two council seats Monday in the town election.

Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale received 43 votes and Carol Hovermale tallied 39, making them the top two vote-getters when the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Running unopposed for mayor, Paul D. Hose Jr. received 48 votes, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. Hose has held the office for 22 years.

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The remaining three council candidates and their vote totals were Daniel Tedrick, eight; Timothy Bonds, six; and Melissa Sword, six.

One absentee ballot was cast, Grimm said. There were no write-in votes cast for mayor or council.

A little hesitant to run again this year, Hose, 58, said he decided to seek re-election because of his experience handling the job coupled with the day-to-day support from Grimm at the Town Hall office.

Theodore Hovermale, 64, of 145 Cumberland St., is the owner of Clear Spring Hardware Store. He worked closely with the late Mason Mundey, a councilman/street commissioner who died earlier this year.

No stranger to town government, Theodore Hovermale served a term on council in the 1980s.

"I want to thank the voters," he said Monday night. "I also want people to know that if they have concerns, they need to tell us so we can bring them up at town meetings."

Carol Hovermale, 63, also of 145 Cumberland St., won former councilman Gary Grove's seat in a special election last spring. She is a school bus driver.

When she ran in the special election, she said, she thought she would enjoy it and she did, adding that she was gratified to be returned to office for a full two-year term.

"I want to thank the people for their confidence in me," Carol Hovermale said. "I'm very pleased."

Polls were open from 2 to 7 p.m. A Kids Vote conducted by Brandon Grimm tallied 15 votes.

The result of Kids Vote was Paul Hose Jr., 11; Theodore Hovermale, 11; Timothy Bonds, eight; Carol Hovermale, seven; Melissa Sword, three; and Daniel Tedrick, none.

Election judges were Hartzell Rohrer, Toni Hose and Faye McCarty.

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