Dead­line ap­proaches for Ris­ing Sun can­di­dates, vot­ers

Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER jbellmyer@ce­cil­whig.com

RIS­ING SUN — Both vot­ers and can­di­dates have un­til Fri­day af­ter­noon to reg­is­ter for the Oct. 16 town elec­tion.

Any­one who has lived in Ris­ing Sun for at least 30 days prior to the elec­tion and is at least 18 years old by that date may vote in town elec­tions if reg­is­tered with the Ce­cil County Board of Elec­tions by 5 p.m. Fri­day.

Can­di­dates, on the other hand, have an ex­tra hour to get their pa­per­work filed in town hall at 1 E. Main St. in the cen­ter of town. Calvin Bo­nen­berger, town ad­min­is­tra­tor, said the board agreed that ex­tra hour was needed be­cause some po­ten­tial can­di­dates may work out of town and would need that lee­way to get home and file.

Can­di­dates must have at least a year of res­i­dency on top of be­ing a reg­is­tered voter in town.

Vot­ers this year will elect a mayor and two com­mis­sion­ers. Mayor Travis Mar­ion has al­ready filed for re-elec­tion as has Com­mis­sioner David War­nick. If re-elected this will be their first fouryear terms. When elected in June 2015 it was the fi­nal two-year terms, which ac­tu­ally worked out to two years and four months to re­set the elec­tion cal­en­dar.

Com­mis­sioner Allen Authen­reath has not an­nounced his plans to seek re-elec­tion. A town staff mem­ber said Tues­day af­ter­noon that one other ap­pli­ca­tion had been re­ceived in ad­di­tion to Mar­ion and War­nick’s, but that she couldn’t re­lease the name be­cause none of the can­di­dates are of­fi­cial yet.

The board ap­proved char­ter changes the previ- ous De­cem­ber in­sti­tut­ing a switch to longer terms with bal­lot­ing in Oc­to­ber.

The town also had a snag in their can­di­date reg­is­tra­tion, at first deny­ing Dale Ger­ber a spot on the bal­lot, but then chang­ing its mind and plac­ing him back. The town ac­cepted his rea­son that a cler­i­cal er­ror caused him to miss a dead­line set for him to re­turn his fi­nan­cial dis­clo­sure packet in for ap­proval.

“When peo­ple reg­is­ter to run they are not au­to­mat­i­cally a can­di­date,” Bo­nen­berger said.

Ger­ber was given an ex­ten­sion — which he missed — to get the forms com­pleted.

In what be­came a five-way race for two seats on the board of town com­mis­sion­ers, the win­ners were Joe Shep­herd and Brian Leis­hear, both of whom have since re­signed.

From left, Mayor Travis Mar­ion, Com­mis­sioner Dave War­nick and Com­mis­sioner Allen Authen­reath are all up for elec­tion this year.

PHOTOS COUR­TESY OF RIS­ING SUN TOWN HALL

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