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Longtime incumbent is out in Funkstown election

May 02, 2006|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

FUNKSTOWN ? Kim A. Ramer, who held office on Funkstown's Town Council for 20 years, was defeated in Monday's election by newcomer Jerry Walker.

Mayor Robert L. Kline and incumbent councilman Richard M. Nigh were re-elected to four-year terms.

Town Clerk Brenda Haynes said 112 votes were cast during the election. She said the turnout was better than last year, when only 76 votes were tallied. The town has 560 registered voters.

Eighty-eight people voted for Kline, and 70 votes were cast for Nigh. Walker was the second-highest vote-getter with 78. Sixty people voted for Ramer.

Haynes said not all of the 112 voters selected a candidate in each category. There were some write-in candidates, she said, explaining why Kline, who ran unopposed, did not receive 112 votes.

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Kline served first as a councilman and was elected mayor in 1980. He said he was grateful to the citizens of Funkstown for re-electing him.

"I'm looking forward to getting some things done that I've been trying to finish," he said.

When Nigh completes this term, he will have been on the council 20 years, he said.

"I'm tickled to death that I got back on," he said.

Walker has lived in Funkstown for six years and is a math and pre-engineering teacher at Urbana High School in Frederick County, Md. This was his first bid for public office.

"I'm a little surprised," Walker said. "I'm overwhelmed."

He will be sworn in before Monday's town meeting, and his four-year term will begin that night.

"I'm extremely grateful," he said. "I'm really anxious to get into it."

Ramer was unable to be reached for comment Monday night.




Election results



Mayor Robert L. Kline ? 88 votes

Jerry Walker ? 78 votes

Richard M. Nigh ? 70 votes

Kim A. Ramer ? 60 votes

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