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Four seeking three seats on Smithsburg Town Council

April 08, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

SMITHSBURG -- The deadline to declare candidacy for three seats on the Smithsburg Town Council passed Monday with four people in the race, town officials said.

Smithsburg residents Donnie Souders Jr. and Debbie Mooney and incumbents Jerome Martin and Shirley Aurand filed to run in the May 13 election, town clerk/treasurer Betsy Martin said.

  • Souders, 34, moved to Smithsburg two years ago from Hagerstown and works as a sales manager for tobacco company Swedish Match North America.

  • Mooney, 52, has been a Smithsburg resident for about nine years and works as a nurse at a long-term care facility. She ran unsuccessfully for a Town Council seat in 2004.

  • Aurand, 73, moved to Smithsburg in 1973 and worked at the Smithsburg Post Office for more than 20 years. She joined the council in 2003 to fill out a term and was elected to a four-year term in 2004.

  • Martin, 60, has lived in Smithsburg since 1984 and owns the Smithsburg-based Mar-Cal Construction Company. He was first elected to the council in 2000 and has served two four-year terms.

    The third seat up for election this year is held by councilman Thomas B. Smith, who did not file to run for re-election, Betsy Martin said.

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Smithsburg Town Council terms are four years and there is no limit on the number of terms a person can serve, Martin said.

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