Boonsboro mayor wants to see reconstruction through

Two women vying for open council seat in upcoming election

Two women vying for open council seat in upcoming election

April 29, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

BOONSBORO -- Earlier this year, Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr. considered not running for re-election.

After serving the town for 20 years as mayor, and another four as a town councilman, Kauffman thought it might be time for new leadership.

"I was wavering there for a little while, and then we had the fire on Feb. 22," he said. "I said, 'I cannot walk away from this.' I want to see the reconstruction through."

Kauffman, 58, was referring to the fire that damaged several Main Street buildings, including the historic Boone Hotel. He said the town needs positive leadership to see it through the reconstruction process.


"I think I can be a very positive influence on the town by running again," Kauffman said. "And I hope the citizens feel the same way."

Kauffman's wife, Cynthia Kauffman, is hoping to join her husband in serving Boonsboro. She filed Monday to run for a seat on the town council. She and Barbara Wetzel are vying for one open council seat.

Cynthia Kauffman, 55, is making her first bid for public office, but said she has been involved in town government from the sidelines for years. Her involvement began in the 1970s when her father served as a town councilman.

She has served on the police committee since 1992, and is a member of the town's library board.

"I really just want to do what I can to continue to keep my community a great place to live," Cynthia Kauffman, a first-grade teacher at Smithsburg Elementary School, said.

The Kauffmans said that if they are serving in the government together that doesn't mean they'll always agree.

"She has her opinion. I have my opinion," Mayor Kauffman said. "And trust me, her opinions don't always coincide with mine."

Like Cynthia Kauffman, it is Wetzel's first run for public office. Wetzel, 64, has been active on the recycling task force and felt she had the time to devote to other town matters, she said.

Wetzel works part-time as a field interviewer for a national health study and will hold that job until May, she said. After that, she will be working part time "in some capacity," she said.

Wetzel's husband, Robert Wetzel, served as a Boonsboro councilman in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

"I am particularly interested in making sure that when (the town) grows it grows in a smart way ... that we have all of the infrastructure there to handle the growth," she said.

The town's election is May 13.

If you go

What: Boonsboro Town Election

When: May 13, 7 to 8 p.m.

Where: The town's community center in Shafer Memorial Park

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