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.