May 17 dead­line to file for spot in Church Hill com­mis­sioner bal­lot­ing

Record Observer - - News - By JACK SHAUM jshaum@kibay­

CHURCH HILL — The dead­line is fast ap­proach­ing for any­one in­ter­ested in be­com­ing a can­di­date for town com­mis­sioner in Church Hill.

The mu­nic­i­pal elec­tion is set for Mon­day, June 6, when town res­i­dents will elect one com­mis­sioner to a three-year term. Those wish­ing to run have un­til 5 p.m. May 17 to file the nec­es­sary papers. As of Wed­nes­day, April 27, no one had filed, said Town Ad­min­is­tra­tor Nancy Lindy­berg.

Any qual­i­fied voter who has lived in the town at least one year prior to the elec­tion can be nom­i­nated as a can­di­date for com­mis­sioner. Can­di­dates have to ob­tain a Cer­tifi­cate of Nom­i­na­tion from the town hall and it must be signed by five qual­i­fied town vot­ers and turned back in.

The dead­line to regis­ter to vote in the town elec­tion is 5 p.m. May 6. In or­der to regis­ter, a per­son must be a U.S. cit­i­zen, 18 or older, and have lived in the town 30 days prior to the elec­tion.

Re­quests to vote by ab­sen­tee bal­lot must be re­ceived by the town’s Board of Su­per­vi­sors of Elec­tions by 5 p.m. on May 17. Re­quests for ab­sen­tee bal­lots can be sent to the Board of Elec­tions Su­per­vi­sors, P.O. Box 85, Church Hill, MD 21623. The ab­sen­tee bal­lots will be mailed to those re­quest­ing them not less than 15 days prior to the June 6 elec­tion, ac­cord­ing to town reg­u­la­tions.

The town char­ter pro­vides for the elec­tion to be can­celled if no more than one can­di­date files.

Com­mis­sioner Char­lie Rhodes cur­rently oc­cu­pies the seat that is up for elec­tion. He was first elected to the town board in June 1995. He suc­ceeded his fa­ther as a com­mis­sioner. In 2013 he was un­op­posed for an­other term. The three Church Hill town com­mis­sion­ers each serve a three-year term on a vol­un­tary ba­sis with one elected each year in June. Jack Grif­fin and Ed Raf­fetto are the other town com­mis­sion­ers cur­rently serv­ing on the board.

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