No one has filed to run for elected office in city of Hagerstown

The deadline to file is less than one month away

December 15, 2011|By KATE S. ALEXANDER |

Less than a month remains for candidates to file to run for elected office in the city of Hagerstown, but no one had done so as of Thursday, according to a county election official.

This summer, Hagerstown moved its elections to the presidential election cycle starting in 2012, a change overwhelmingly supported by voters in the last city election.

The deadline for candidates to file for the primary is Jan. 11, 2012, said Kaye Robucci, Washington County's election director. As of Thursday afternoon, no one had filed to run, she said.

Currently, the primary is scheduled for April 3, 2012, but a lawsuit challenging the state's 2011 congressional redistricting has the potential to change that date, Robucci said.

A Dec. 20 hearing has been scheduled in federal court for a lawsuit challenging the congressional redistricting map, The Associated Press has reported.

The lawsuit, which was brought by nine black voters, contends the map approved by the General Assembly in October dilutes the black vote in the state, according to The AP.

If a lawsuit moves the primary, it would also change the filing deadline, Robucci said.

However, Washington County is operating under the assumption that the primary will be April 3, 2012, she said.

For the city election, all five council seats and the mayor's office are up for grabs. The term for each office is four years. Annual pay for council members is $8,000 and $28,000 for the mayor.

Mayor Robert E. Bruchey II, a Republican, announced Monday that he plans to seek re-election.

In a telephone interview Wednesday, Bruchey said that he has is paperwork prepared and would be filing it in the coming week.

Only candidates who are registered with one of the parties recognized by the State Board of Elections — Democrat, Republican, Green and Libertarian — must file by the Jan. 11 deadline, because only recognized parties will be on the primary ballot, Robucci said.

Unaffiliated candidates, or those who are affiliated with other parties, must seek nomination for the Nov. 6, 2012, general election by a petition signed by no less than 1 percent of registered voters in the city of Hagerstown, she said.

There are about 20,000 registered voters in the city, she said.

A declaration of intent to seek a nomination by petition is due to the county election board office by June 29, 2012, she said.

Petitions are due by the first Monday in August, which would be Aug. 6, 2012, she said.

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