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Smithsburg to hold meeting to nominate candidates for office

April 04, 2012|By DAVE McMILLION | davem@herald-mail.com

Smithsburg may be without candidates for two council seats in the May 8 election, but there’s still hope for a full slate.

After some research, Mayor Mildred “Mickey” Myers said town officials have discovered that a special town meeting can be held so citizens can nominate candidates for office.

The town has decided to hold such a meeting on April 23 — the first time Myers said she can remember the town has done so.

“And I’ve been around for a while,” Myers said. “We really had to search the archives ... to find some thing that was fair,” Myers said.

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Two of three incumbents on the Smithsburg Town Council decided not to run for re-election next month, and no one else had filed to run for the seats by the 4 p.m. filing deadline Monday, according to Town Manager Betsy Martin.

Council members Shirley Aurand and Jerome Martin did not file for re-election, but Councilman Donnie Souders filed to run for re-election about two weeks ago, Martin said.

There can be write-in candidates for council, although their names will not be on the ballot, Myers said.

Anyone running as a write-in candidate must file documents at Town Hall before 4:30 p.m. on May 2, Myers said.

Having a special meeting in which citizens can nominate candidates is allowed under the town charter and election manual, Myers said.

Only qualified voters of Smithsburg can nominate people during that meeting, Myers said.

A candidate must have been a town resident for at least one year immediately preceding the May 8 election and a qualified town voter, according to the town’s website.

Nominees must agree to be a candidate and need to attend the 7 p.m. special meeting on April 23 at Town Hall to fill out the required documents to get their names on the ballot, Myers said.

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