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Sharpsburg election decided by a single vote

June 16, 2009|By MARLO BARNHART

SHARPSBURG -- Tuesday's special election in Sharpsburg filled two vacant seats on the town council, one by just a single vote.

The top two vote-getters were William McCullough, who received 38 votes, and Brandon Smith, who got 30 votes, according to Anna Jamison, town clerk.

Patricia Hammond received 29 votes, while Tracy Stride received 12 votes and Stephanie Taylor garnered eight.

A total of 61 people voted, representing 14 percent of the town's eligible voters, Jamison said.

McCullough, the 57-year-old vice president of a millwork company, said he has been living in Sharpsburg since 1986.

Smith, 25, is a Keedysville native and a self-employed contractor. He is married with two children.

The first of two vacancies on the town council 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 the special election.

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Sharpsburg Town Hall was the polling place for the special election.

Jamison said she wasn't sure when the two new council members would take their oaths of office.

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