Mayor faces opposition for first time since 1982

April 13, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

FUNKSTOWN -- Funkstown Mayor Robert L. Kline faces opposition to retain his post for the first time since he became mayor in 1982, according to Kline.

Assistant Mayor Paul N. Crampton Jr. is running against Kline in the May 3 election, according to candidate filings at Town Hall. The deadline to file for mayor or one of the two Town Council seats up for re-election was Monday.

Richard W. Nigh, who has been a councilman since 1990, filed to retain his seat. Nigh, of 20 E. Cemetery St., turns 82 Wednesday. A retiree, Nigh served in the U.S. Army, and worked at M.P. Moller Inc. and was a correctional officer with the state prison system south of Hagerstown, he said.

Richard L. Gaver, who ran unsuccessfully for council in 2000, 2002 and 2004, also filed to run for council. Gaver, 49, of 220 E. Chestnut St., is an inspector with Washington County Permits & Inspections and teaches electrical courses at Frederick (Md.) Community College.


Councilman Jerry Walker said he decided not to file to retain his council seat because of family obligations and his teaching schedule. He is the father of two young children and a math teacher in Frederick County, Md.

Kline, 80, has been mayor of Funkstown since 1982, when he won as a write-in candidate, according to Herald-Mail archives. Before that, he served on the Town Council for about two years. From 1994 to 1998, he served on the Washington County Board of Education. Kline, of 20 E. Green St., is a retired teacher.

Crampton has been assistant mayor since he was appointed to the post in January 1992, Town Clerk/Treasurer Brenda Haynes said. He has served on the council since 1986. Crampton, 49, of 334 E. Oak Ridge Drive, is president of Paul Crampton Contractors. He is halfway through his current four-year term as assistant mayor.

The mayor and council members serve four-year terms.

The mayor and council members each get the minimum amount, $37.06, off their quarterly water bills. The mayor also receives a $180 monthly gas allowance, Haynes said.

Registered voters can vote at Town Hall from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, May 3. Those elected will be sworn in at the May 10 mayor and council meeting, Haynes said.

There are 592 registered voters in town, Haynes said.

The town, which is nestled against the southeast border of Hagerstown, had an estimated population of 937 as of July 1, 2008, the latest census data available.

If you vote ...

What: Funkstown town election

When: May 3, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Where: Funkstown Town Hall

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