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No winner yet in Clear Spring election

November 04, 2008|By DAN DEARTH

CLEAR SPRING -- It's too bad Clear Spring doesn't have an electoral college.

Maybe then, residents would know the winner of Monday's Town Council election.

Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said the two candidates running for the seat, Walter D. Irvin Jr. and Pamela M. Sasser, tied with 23 votes each.

Grimm said she wouldn't be certain how to proceed with the election until she confers Tuesday with Town Attorney William Barton.

Irvin and Sasser were vying for the Town Council seat that will be vacated in January by Councilman Stewart Brennan, 88, who said in September that he wouldn't seek re-election because of his age.

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Both candidates said Monday night that they would wait patiently to see what happens.

"I'm surprised," Irvin said. "I didn't expect it to be a tie."

Sasser said she was glad to receive "that many votes."

"It's a shame it was tied," Sasser said. "Hopefully, there will still be luck for me."

Irvin said last month that if elected, he wanted to focus on ways to control the littering problem on U.S. 40 and speeding through town.

Sasser said her campaign goals were to keep taxes in check and to maintain Clear Spring's peaceful atmosphere.

Incumbent Vice Mayor Steven L. Blickenstaff ran unopposed Monday.

Grimm said Blickenstaff garnered 43 votes.

Each seat carries a two-year term. The winning candidates will take office Jan. 6.

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