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Four running for Boonsboro council seats on Tuesday

May 07, 2010|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

BOONSBORO -- Four candidates -- including three incumbents -- are on the ballot for four town council seats in Tuesday's election in Boonsboro.

Also, Assistant Mayor Howard W. Long is running unopposed for re-election.

Voting will be from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Shafer Memorial Park's community center.

The three top council candidates will serve four-year terms. The fourth will serve two years, filling a seat now held by Richard Hawkins, who isn't seeking re-election.

When Long won another four-year term in 2006, The Herald-Mail reported that he had served on the council for 23 years -- first as a councilman, then as assistant mayor. Long couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

o Natalie Mose, 68, of 203 Young Ave., has been on the council for four years.

She said she's running again because she's concerned about the town, her lifelong home.

She said controlling budget costs is a top issue. For example, she said, the town kept twice-a-year bulk trash pickup by having residents take items to the park instead of having it picked up at their homes.

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"We still want to provide the service to the residents that they are used to getting," Mose said.

o Kevin Chambers, 49, of 101 David Drive, was first elected to the council in 1990.

He lost in 1994, was elected again in 1996 and lost again in 2004.

He was appointed in 2005 and won another term in 2006.

Chambers said he wants to help the town cope with financial strains and state funding cuts, so it won't have to raise taxes.

Freezing salaries and delaying equipment purchases are examples, he said.

o Janeen Solberg, 42, of 140 S. Main St., said she's running for office for the first time after being active in other ways.

She was president of the library board, founded and chaired the Boonsboro Recycling Task Force, and has served on the town's economic development commission.

She said a town council seat is a "logical next step."

o The third incumbent running again is Cynthia Kauffman, the wife of Mayor Charles F. "Skip" Kauffman Jr.

Cynthia Kauffman ran unsuccessfully for the council in 2008. Last year, she was appointed to a vacant seat.

She couldn't be reached for comment Friday.

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