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Two vie for Clear Spring Town Council seat

October 10, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

CLEAR SPRING -- Two candidates are running for the Clear Spring Town Council seat that will be vacated in January by Councilman Stewart Brennan.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said Pamela M. Sasser and Walter D. Irvin Jr. are seeking Brennan's seat.

Vice Mayor Steven L. Blickenstaff is running uncontested, Grimm said.

The election will be Nov. 3 from 2 to 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

Sasser, a customer service manager at Sovereign Bank in downtown Hagerstown, said she wants to focus on keeping taxes in check because people are suffering in today's sluggish economy.

"I see the hardship," said Sasser, who lives in Clear Spring with her husband and son. "... I'd like to continue the outstanding work that the town council has done. I'd like to be a part of that team."

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Sasser said she also wants to maintain Clear Spring's tranquil atmosphere.

"It's just a nice, quiet, peaceful neighborhood," said Sasser, a lifelong Clear Spring resident. "I want to keep it that way."

Irvin did not return two telephone messages.

Blickenstaff said he wants to work with the Washington County Sheriff's Department to control speeding through town on Cumberland Street and to eradicate the littering problem on U.S. 40.

"Something has to be done," he said.

Grimm said the winning candidates will take office Jan. 6.

The vice mayor and members of council serve two-year terms. The council seat pays $60 per month, and the vice mayor seat pays $80 per month.

Brennan, 88, said last month that he would not seek re-election because of his age.

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