SMITHSBURG - Newcomer Donnie Souders Jr. was enthusiastically elected to the Smithsburg Town Council Tuesday along with incumbents Shirley D. Aurand and Jerome Martin, election officials said.
Souders, who moved to Smithsburg two years ago, received 125 votes, the most out of the four candidates who ran for the three open seats, said Kaye Duncan, chairman of the town's election board.
Aurand was next with 104, followed by Martin with 101. Debbie Mooney lost her bid for a council seat, receiving a total of 82 votes, Duncan said.
A total of 156 votes were cast, representing about 9 percent of registered voters, Duncan said.
Duncan said the turnout was typical for the town, but disappointing. She said the town might not have seen even as many voters as it did if it had it not been for an effort by Souders to bring new, younger voters to the polls.