Deadline approaches for Rising Sun candidates, voters
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.