Bow­ell won’t seek re-elec­tion for Queen­stown com­mis­sion

Record Observer - - Front Page - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Town com­mis­sioner Mike Bow­ell has de­cided to not run for re-elec­tion, leav­ing the seat up for new can­di­dates this com­ing elec­tion.

Bow­ell was com­mis­sioner for two con­sec­u­tive terms for a to­tal of six years and saidhe be­lieves two terms are enough. He’s also 75 years old.

“At this stage of my life, I think there are peo­ple bet­ter suited for this po­si­tion than I am,” Bow­ell said.

Pre­vi­ously, he was one of the orig­i­nal mem­bers of the town’s Fi­nance Com­mit­tee, where he served three years. When elected, he didn’t con­tinue on the three-mem­ber com­mit­tee. His wife, Pa­tri­cia, is now chair­man of the group.

Mr. Bow­ell is will­ing to serve on that com­mit­tee again or some­where else. “If they need me, I’ll be glad to serve in that ca­pac­ity or any other place they want me,” he said. It’s up to the town com­mis­sion­ers to in­ter­view and name the com­mit­tee mem­bers.

If peo­ple want to file for Bow­ell’s seat, they have un­til Fri­day, Oct. 7, to do so. Can­di­dates have to be a U.S. cit­i­zen, at least 18 years old, a res­i­dent of Mary­land

for least a year, a reg­is­tered voter, and re­side in Queen­stown for at least 180 days prior to Nov. 7.

As of Mon­day, Oct. 3, Ho­gie Schus­ter was the only per­son to file for the seat. Schus­ter is cur­rently chair­man of the town’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sion.

Only one town com­mis­sioner seat is up for elec­tion this year. There are three town com­mis­sion­ers, each serv­ing three years.

Bow­ell said the town com­mis­sion­ers have a tra­di­tion of not en­dors­ing a can­di­date, but he thinks highly of Schus­ter. “I think Ho­gie would make an ex­cel­lent com­mis­sioner. Other peo­ple would, too,” Bow­ell said.

Bow­ell has con­sid­ered him­self re­tired since 1995, when he sold his part of the own­er­ship of Car­di­nal Rental and Sales. Bow­ell sold con­struc­tion equip­ment for the com­pany.

Be­sides his work in busi­ness, Bow­ell was also in the mil­i­tary. He was in the U.S. Air Force from 1963 to 1968, and his last rank was cap­tain.

Queen­stown will hold its elec­tion for town com­mis­sioner on Nov. 7, the day be­fore the gen­eral elec­tion. Hours for the Queen­stown elec­tion are 5 to 8 p.m. at the town of­fice at 7013 Main Street.

MIKE BOW­ELL

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