Couple loses re-election bid to Sharpsburg Town

November 22, 2006

SHARPSBURG - A husband and wife who have combined to serve the Sharpsburg Town Council for decades failed to hold their seats in Tuesday's election.

Neither Ralph Hammond, who was running for vice mayor, nor his wife Patti Hammond, who was running for council, won re-election according to vote totals released by Town Manager Anna Jamison.

Newcomer Gary Hull captured the third of three seats up for grabs on Town Council, and Jeffery Saylor, who has two years left on his term as councilman, beat Ralph Hammond in the race for vice mayor, the results show.

Ralph Hammond has been on Town Council for about 35 years. Patti Hammond was seeking her third term.

Saylor received 88 votes to Hammond's 46 votes in the vice mayor race, Jamison said. In the council race, 113 voters chose incumbent Marjorie Jamison, Anna Jamison's daughter, and 92 residents voted for incumbent Russell Weaver. Gary Hull got 79 votes, seven more than fourth-place finisher Patti Hammond.


Saylor said he was vice mayor for about five years in the 1980s.

"I'm looking forward to working over the next four years to improve the town, to make things better for everyone in the town," Saylor said.

The Hammonds could not be reached for comment Tuesday night.

According to Anna Jamison, 122 of 437 registered voters participated in the election. Town Council could appoint a replacement for Saylor's seat as councilman as early as its meeting in December, Anna Jamison said.

The first meeting of the new council will be Jan. 8, Anna Jamison said.

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