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