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Sasser wins in Clear Spring runoff election

December 01, 2008|By ERIN CUNNINGHAM

CLEAR SPRING

Pamela M. Sasser won a tight race Monday in a runoff election to fill a seat on the Clear Spring Town Council.

Fifty-six votes were cast in Monday's election, according to Town Clerk Juanita Grimm. Sasser, 43, received 29 votes, and her opponent, Walter D. Irvin Jr., 44, received 27 votes.

Monday's election was a follow-up to the town's Nov. 4 election that resulted in a tie between Sasser and Irvin. Each received 23 votes that day.

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Vice Mayor Steven L. Blickenstaff also ran in that election, but was unopposed.

Sasser will be sworn in Monday and will take office Jan. 6, filling a council seat being vacated by Stewart Brennan, who said in September that he wouldn't seek re-election because of his age.

"I'm very excited," Sasser said Monday night. "I had a great group of supporters."

Sasser said this was the first time she has run for office and said that Irvin "gave me a run for my money."

Irvin, who previously ran for a seat on the Clear Spring Town Council, was unable to be reached for comment Monday night.

Sasser has lived in the Clear Spring area all of her life but moved inside the town limits about four years ago.

"I've just reached a point in my life where my son is grown up and I wanted to give back to the community," Sasser said.

She said she believed she would have to have her name on the ballot a few times before being elected.

"I'm very excited and very proud to have the position," Sasser said.

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

Grimm said she was unsure what percentage of the town's residents cast a vote in Monday's election.

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