Addy not on ballot in Harpers Ferry election

June 12, 2011|By RICHARD F. BELISLE |

HARPERS FERRY, W.Va. — For the first time in 10 years, Mayor Jim Addy’s name won’t be on top of the ballot when Harpers Ferry residents go to the polls Tuesday to elect new town officers.

“Ten years is enough,” said Addy, 80, about his tenure at the town’s helm. He calls Tuesday’s vote “a watershed election. There’ll be a new mayor and a possible turning out on the town council.

“It’s time for me to go,” Addy said. “The town needs new energy and new blood.”

Addy, who has two doctoral degrees, is an associate professor of history at Baltimore Community College.

Four of the five incumbent council members are facing re-election challenges. The fifth, incumbent Councilman Joe Anderson, is one of two candidates running for mayor to fill the vacancy being left by Addy’s departure.

Anderson’s competition for mayor is Bob Johnson, a former council member who is chairman of the Jefferson County Health Department.

Recorder Kevin Carden is the only unopposed candidate.

The four council incumbents are Charlotte Thompson, Patty Morse, Dan Riss and Elayne Edel.

Council challengers include Jerry Hutton, chairman of the Harpers Ferry Planning Commission; Greg Vaughn, chairman of the Harpers Ferry Landmarks Commission; Betsy Bainbridge, whom Carden replaced as town recorder two years ago; and political newcomers Jim Jenkins and Theresa Burns.

The top five council vote-getters will win seats. All terms are for two years.

The mayor earns $6,000 a year. The recorder earns $3,000 and council members, $2,000.

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Camp Hill Wesley Methodist Church at 601 Washington St., the only polling place.

Harpers Ferry’s population is listed as 307 residents, about half of whom are registered voters, according to Town Hall records.

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