One contested race in Chestertown’s election next month
— There is only one contested race in next month’s election, which will seat a mayor and two council members for Chestertown.
Owen Bailey, David Foster and Robert Miller are candidates for the First Ward. Incumbent Liz Gross announced in July that she would not run again.
Ellsworth Tolliver is the only candidate for the Third Ward, which has been represented for the last four years by Sam Shoge. Shoge also announced in July that he would not seek re-election.
Chris Cerino has re-upped for a second term as mayor. He is running unopposed.
The term for all seats is four years.
The deadline for candidates to file their paperwork at town hall and for voters to register was Oct. 6. The election is Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Cerino is the vice president of the Sultana Education Foundation and a former chairman of the Chestertown Planning Com- mission. The ongoing overhaul of the town-owned marina has been the hallmark of his first term as mayor.
A Kent County native, Tolliver is a retired educator who taught music in the Cape Henlopen School District in Delaware. He substitutes for Kent County Public Schools and is pastor of Bordley Chapel AME Church.
Bailey grew up in Chestertown and earned a graduate degree from Washington College. He said he has worked primarily for nonprofits and spends much of his free time volunteering with nonprofits, including the Friends of the Kent County Public Library. Colchester Farms CSA and the town’s Environmental Committee.
Foster said most of his professional career — after serving in the Peace Corps and the Marine Corps — has been as an urban and regional planner. In 2011, after retiring from the Foreign Service and from teaching in India, he made Chestertown his full-time home and became the Chester Riverkeeper, a position he held for three years.
Miller has more than 30 years experience with national and international nonprofits at the senior financial management level. He is a accountant and has his own practice in Chestertown. He also has an advanced degree in genetics, and has worked in a hospital, medical school and medical laboratory.
Information concerning ward boundaries can be found online at www.townofchestertown.com or by calling the town office at 410778-0500.