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Sharpsburg to elect four council members Tuesday

November 20, 2006

SHARPSBURG - Six candidates will vie for four seats on the Sharpsburg Town Council on Tuesday.

Voters will cast their ballots for a vice mayor and three council members, Town Clerk Anna Jamison said Sunday. Town Hall will be open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., she said.

Councilman Jeffery Saylor, whose term expires in 2008, is challenging Vice Mayor Ralph Hammond, while incumbent council members Patti Hammond, wife of Ralph Hammond, Marjorie Jamison and Russell Weaver are seeking re-election. Newcomer Gary Hull is making a bid to land a council seat.

According to Jamison, 129 people voted when Sharpsburg conducted its last election two years ago. Four hundred thirty-three people are registered to vote in the town, she said.

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"We're lucky if we get 40 percent" turnout, she said.

More than 20 people requested absentee ballots, and some already have been returned, Jamison said.

According to Jamison, Sharpsburg residents vote every two years in staggered elections. Mayor Hal Spielman and council members Bryan Gabriel and Saylor are in the middle of their four-year terms. If Saylor is not elected vice mayor, he will finish his term as council member, Jamison said.

Council members serve without pay, Jamison said.

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