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Smithsburg mayor to run unopposed in town election

April 05, 2010|By DAVE McMILLION

SMITHSBURG -- Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers will be unopposed in the May 11 town election because no one filed to run against her by the end of the campaign filing deadline Monday afternoon, a town spokeswoman said.

No one had filed to run against the mayor when the deadline came at 4 p.m., Clerk/Treasurer/Manager Betsy Martin said.

Two council seats will be up for grabs in the election, Martin said. Council members Bud Lucassen and Dennis "Jack" Wenthe did not file to run again for the seats, Martin said.

Four candidates have filed to run for the seats. They are Troy Jernigan, Troy Lushbaugh, Lisa Linthicum and Tammy Drury, Martin said. The two top vote-getters will earn the seats.

A primary election could have been April 26, but town officials said Monday the election would not be needed.

Donnie Souders Jr., current vice president of the town council, had filed to run against Myers but dropped out of the race last Wednesday, citing a work change and a health question as reasons.

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Myers, 76, was mayor from 1994 to 1998, but lost a bid for re-election. She then served on the council before winning mayoral elections in 2002 and 2006.

The council seats currently held by Souders, Jerome Martin and Shirley Aurand will be up for grabs in two years.

Polling for the May 11 town election will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at town hall on West Water Street.

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