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Four candidates vying for two open seats on Smithsburg Town Council

May 08, 2010|By HEATHER KEELS

Four candidates are vying for two open seats on the Smithsburg Town Council in Tuesday's town election.

Tammy Sue Drury, Troy Jernigan, Lisa Linthicum and Tyler Lushbaugh have filed to run for the council seats currently held by Dennis "Jack" Wenthe and Charles "Bud" Lucassen. Neither Wenthe nor Lucassen filed to run.

Smithsburg Mayor Mildred "Mickey" Myers is running unopposed for her fourth term as mayor.

Voting will take place at council chambers in the Smithsburg Town Hall at 21 W. Water St. from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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Mildred "Mickey" Myers

Age: 76

Years in town: About 48

Occupation: Retired from Washington County Public Schools

Political/public service experience: Smithsburg Town Council, 1986-1990; Smithsburg mayor, 1994-1998 and 2002-present

Personal: Grew up in Chewsville, married, has four children.

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Priorities for the town: Myers said in a campaign statement that the town is facing an "enormous challenge" due to lower revenue, and she is committed to ensuring necessary services continue while keeping tax rates, water and sewer rates, and other costs affordable.

Myers said during her past administrations, yearly audits have always shown the town is in excellent financial shape.

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Tammy Sue Drury

Age: 52

Years in town: About two

Occupation: Retired from positions at Washington County Hospital environmental services and Robinwood Surgery Center housekeeping department.

Personal: Born in Martinsburg, W.Va., married for 37 years, two children and four grandchildren.

Priorities for town: Drury said she wanted to "help continue the good things about Smithsburg."

"I have made my home in Smithsburg as I like the small-town atmosphere but still have all the needed services," she wrote in a background statement for the town's website. "I would listen to the issues, gather information and make my decisions based on the interest of the citizens."

Troy Jernigan

Years in town: About 22

Occupation: Owner, Jernigan's Environmental Services Inc. and DRL Properties LLC

Personal: Grew up in Leitersburg and attended Smithsburg-area schools, moved back to Smithsburg with his wife in 1988, father of three.

Political/public service experience: Former ruritan zone governor, youth lacrosse coach.

Priorities for town: "I would like to see the Town Council work on controlling the costs associated with running the town, and making Smithsburg more business-friendly," Jernigan wrote in a background statement for the town website. "I am committed to developing better relationships between Council members and residents by listening to the needs of residents and responding with real solutions rather than political answers."

Lisa Linthicum

Age: 45

Years in town: Six

Occupation: Realtor and part-time student

Personal: Born in Clinton, Md., grew up in Brandywine, Md., moved to Smithsburg after researching the schools and community.

Political/public service experience: After her son, Jacob, committed suicide in 2008, Linthicum has devoted herself to suicide prevention efforts. She testified in support of a new Maryland law requiring a crisis hotline to be printed on the back of school IDs and has started a nonprofit organization, Smithsburg JRL Community Center, which aims to build a community center for teens.

Priorities for town: Linthicum said she would ensure government openness and transparency, promote economic development, and preserve funding for public safety while continuing to work aggressively to bring a community center to Smithsburg.

"I believe in these economic times, the town of Smithsburg needs elected officials who are willing to make tough decisions about the future of our town," she wrote in a press release.

Tyler R. Lushbaugh

Age: 23

Years in town: Three

Occupation: Engineer

Personal: Engaged to Jocelyn Borg, enjoys hiking, fishing, motorcycing, and working with his hands in his garden and around his house.

Priorities for town: "I believe that the town needs a well-managed growth plan that includes downtown revitalization and a commitment to economic development for our local businesses," Lushbaugh wrote in a background statement for the town's website. "I feel that in these tough economic times and with our revenues on the decline, we as a council need to make the right decisions for our town as it relates to our budget and long term stability."

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