One con­tested race in Ch­ester­town’s elec­tion next month

Kent County News - - NEWS - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­

— 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.townofch­ester­ or by call­ing the town of­fice at 410778-0500.

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