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Funkstown Council welcomes back Kim Ramer

May 28, 2008|By MARLO BARNHART

FUNKSTOWN -- For Kim Ramer, Wednesday night's swearing-in ceremony probably seemed familiar. After all, before losing his seat two years ago, Ramer served for 20 years on Funkstown's town council.

Ramer was welcomed back by John Phillips III, who was re-elected May 5. Phillips also was sworn in by Washington County Circuit Court Clerk Dennis Weaver.

Incumbent Sharon Chirgott, who was unable to attend the rescheduled town meeting, was sworn in by Weaver at the courthouse last Friday.

Paul N. Crampton Jr. took the oath of office and retained his position of assistant mayor.

The election drew 123 voters to the polls. Nine absentee ballots were cast.

Ramer is employed by the Maryland Division of Correction in the maintenance department that serves the prisons south of Hagerstown. He also owns Ramer's Service Center in Funkstown.

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"I learned a lot from talking with people while I was campaigning," Ramer said Wednesday.

Before the election, Ramer said he will strive to keep water and sewer rates as low as possible, to repair streets and to work with state and federal legislators.

Chirgott has held a council seat since 1986. She is employed with Washington County Public Schools.

Phillips won his fourth term on the council. He is employed by the Washington County Highway Department.

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