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Five seek two Sharpsburg council seats

June 08, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG -- Three of the five hopefuls who filed to run in next week's special election in Sharpsburg say they felt the time was right to be part of improving their community.

On Tuesday, June 16, Sharpsburg Town Hall will be the polling place for the special election from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Two vacant council seats must be filled.

"I have been sitting on the sidelines," said William McCullough, a newcomer to politics. The 57-year-old vice president of a millwork company said he has been living in Sharpsburg since 1986.

Encouraged to run for a council seat, McCullough said the town is changing and he wants to be involved in those changes.

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Brandon Smith is a Keedysville native and a self-employed contractor. Married with two children, Smith, 25, said he wants to participate in the town's business and decided the time was right.

Stephanie Taylor has lived in Sharpsburg for six years. She works part time in the horticulture business with her husband.

Already in the historical society, Taylor, 57, said she wants to get involved in other community activities.

"I plan to retire here," Taylor said.

A number of calls to the other two candidates -- Patricia Hammond and Tracy Stride -- weren't returned.

The first of the two vacancies occurred in December when longtime councilman Russell Weaver resigned. On March 19, Marjorie Ann Jamison died at the age of 63. She had served on the council since 2001.

The original plan was to appoint someone to both positions. Later, a decision was made to hold a special election.

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