Town picks Brennan, Blickenstaff

November 07, 2006|by MARLO BARNHART

CLEAR SPRING - The polls closed promptly at 7 p.m. Monday in the Clear Spring town election.

At 7:05 p.m., the results were announced. With only 20 residents casting ballots in the two uncontested races, it didn't take long to count.

Steve Blickenstaff received 20 votes for vice mayor and Stewart Brennan pulled in 18 votes for the lone council seat up for grabs this year.

"I'm very happy with the outcome," said Blickenstaff, who has been a council member for the past two years. He assumes the duties of vice mayor vacated when Terry Baker, a candidate for Washington County Commissioner in today's election, didn't file.


Blickenstaff, 43, is expected to keep his sewer commissioner designation when sworn into the vice mayor position at the Jan. 8 meeting.

"I want to continue the good work we've been doing," he said.

Brennan, 86, and a council member in the mid-1980s, said by telephone from his home that he, too, was glad to have been voted back into office.

"I'm going to try to help out," Brennan said.

He blamed the low voter turnout on the fact there was no opposition.

A year ago, 53 town voters cast ballots in the contested race to fill two council seats. Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale and his wife, Carol, won those seats.

Current Mayor Paul Hose Jr. also was returned to office last fall. Running unopposed, Hose has held the office for 23 years.

All terms of office in Clear Spring are two years but are staggered.

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

Thomas Henesy, a Washington County Technical High School student, manned the Kids Vote booth where turnout was just three children.

Blickenstaff got two kids votes while Brennan received three votes.

"It was interesting watching the voting process," Henesy said. For the five hours he worked, he received community hours.

Henesy, now 18, will be going to the polls today for the first time as a voter in the general election.

"I am looking forward to it," he said.

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