Defeated city candidates to run as write-ins

March 13, 2009|By HEATHER KEELS

HAGERSTOWN -- Two candidates who were defeated in Tuesday's Hagerstown mayor and city council primary have filed to run as write-in candidates in the May 19 general election, election officials said.

Jonathan R. Burrs, a candidate for mayor who finished last among three candidates in the Republican primary, and Penny M. Nigh, an incumbent council member who was defeated in the Democratic council primary, both filed Friday to run as write-ins, said Kaye Robucci, deputy director of the Washington County Board of Elections.

Nigh said she decided to continue her bid for re-election to the council because she feels it is important to continue the work she started in her nearly eight years as a councilwoman.

"There's a lot of projects in the works that I was involved in, and I just figure it's really necessary for me to see them through," she said.


She said she considers herself an advocate for citizens.

"I think I've helped a great majority, and that's rewarding in itself," she said.

Nigh finished seventh of nine Democratic council candidates in the primary. The top five vote-getters earned spots on the general election ballot. The ballot also will include four Republican council candidates and one unaffiliated council candidate.

Nigh said she thought the key to succeeding in the election will be getting a lot of voters to the polls and making sure they know how to vote for a write-in candidate.

Burrs said Thursday he felt his campaign for mayor was "hitting its stride" and that he planed to "turn it up into overdrive."

He will face Republican Robert E. Bruchey II and Democrat David S. Gysberts.

Candidates may file as write-ins through May 13.

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