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Clear Spring incumbents running unopposed in election

Voters Monday will select the town's mayor and two members of the town council

November 03, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER | kate.alexander@herald-mail.com
  • Clear Spring Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. is shown in this Herald-Mail file photo.
Herald-Mail file photo

CLEAR SPRING — The three incumbents up for re-election this year in Clear Spring are running unopposed in the election next week.

Voters Monday will select the town's mayor and two members of the town council in the 2011 election, Town Clerk Juanita Grimm said.

Mayor Paul D. Hose Jr. was the only candidate to submit a nomination for the mayoral post, she said.

For the past 28 years, Hose has been serving in Clear Spring as either mayor or vice mayor, he said.

Hose has said in the past that he continues to run for mayor because he enjoys the town, a sentiment shared by the two council incumbents also running for re-election, Theodore "Teddy" Hovermale and Carol Hovermale.

Teddy Hovermale characterized the four-member council and the mayor as more like a "family" than a board.

Working as the town's street commissioner — which is part of his role as a council member — is something he said he enjoys and hopes to continue with another term on the council.

For Carol Hovermale, public service is a way to give back to her town. She said she hopes voters will again put their faith in her this Monday to continue working for the best of Clear Spring.

Voters will be able to cast ballots in the election Monday at Town Hall. The election starts at 2 p.m. and closes at 7 p.m., Grimm said.

A total of 29 votes were cast last year in the election for vice-mayor and one member of council. At the time, Grimm said that was a turnout of about 6 percent of the town's approximately 455 residents.

Terms for council members, mayor and vice mayor in Clear Spring are two years.

The mayor, vice mayor and members of council are paid for their services, Grimm said.

The mayor earns $100 a month, the vice mayor $80 a month and council members $60 a month, she said.

The council meets on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.

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