Bowell won’t seek re-election for Queenstown commission
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.