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Wetzel defeats Kauffman for Boonsboro Council seat

Mayor, running unopposed, wins sixth term

Mayor, running unopposed, wins sixth term

May 14, 2008|By HEATHER KEELS

BOONSBORO - Barbara Wetzel defeated Cynthia Kauffman on Tuesday in a close race for an open seat on the Boonsboro Town Council, election officials said.

Wetzel received 188 votes to Kauffman's 178.

Boonsboro Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr., who ran unopposed for mayor, was re-elected to a sixth term with 309 votes.

Election officials said 379 residents voted in the election, or about 20 percent of registered voters.

"We didn't expect anywhere near that many," said Boonsboro election supervisor Jerry Strailman, who said he has not seen such a high turnout in any of the five elections he has worked on, including some in which the mayoral race was contested.

Strailman attributed the high turnout to vigorous campaigning by the council candidates.

"Both these women really worked, and it showed," Strailman said.

Wetzel, 64, will replace councilman Raymond D. Grove Jr., who did not run for re-election.

Wetzel extended her gratitude to those who helped with her campaign and her appreciation to her opponent for an energetic and clean campaign.

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"Leave it to two dedicated and driven women who have ideas about the town," she said.

Skip Kauffman said his goal for his next term is to keep the infrastructure ahead of the town's anticipated growth.

"We've got a great quality of life here in the town and I want to maintain it that way," he said.

Cynthia Kauffman, who is the mayor's wife, said she congratulates her opponent and plans to remain a "community-minded, civic individual."

"I am encouraged and very thankful for the support I received," she said.

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