Schus­ter un­op­posed for Queen­stown com­mis­sion

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY ck­ersey@ches­pub.com

QUEEN­STOWN — Ho­gie Schus­ter is the only per­son who filed for town com­mis­sioner who has met the re­quire­ments to run.

But the town will still hold an elec­tion be­cause write-in can­di­dates are al­lowed. The dead­line to file for the one com­mis­sioner seat up for elec­tion this year was Friday, Oct. 7.

Another per­son filed, but was dis­qual­i­fied. An ap­pli­ca­tion was mailed to the town of­fice with the name Keith Jack­son Jr. on it. “I can’t val­i­date his ad­dress, and he’s not a reg­is­tered voter. There­fore, he doesn’t qual­ify to run this year,” said Amy Moore, town clerk.

One prob­lem with the Jack­son ap­pli­ca­tion is the re­turn ad­dress on the en­ve­lope makes no sense. It reads P.O. Box 0000, and then the street ad­dress can’t be clearly made out. It’s ei­ther 7100 Main Street, which is the phys­i­cal ad­dress of the Post Of­fice, or it’s 7106 Main Street, which isn’t him, Moore said.

Jack­son couldn’t be reached for com­ment. His phone num­ber isn’t on the ap­pli­ca­tion and an ad­dress isn’t asked. A search on Google re­veals that a Keith Alphonso Jack­son lives in Bowie and once ran for mayor there.

Schus­ter had filed much ear­lier in Queen­stown and met the re­quire­ments. A can­di­date must be a reg­is­tered voter and live in the town six months prior to the elec­tion.

The town has had write-in can­di­dates in pre­vi­ous elec­tions, but no write-in can­di­date has ever won, Moore said. She has worked for the town gov­ern­ment for 29 years.

Town Com­mis­sioner Mike Bow­ell said he thought the Jack­son ap­pli­ca­tion might be a prac­ti­cal joke. He’s seen Jack­son’s ap­pli­ca­tion and no­ticed Jack­son’s name was taken from another doc­u­ment and taped onto the name line.

Schus­ter, cur­rently the town’s Plan­ning Com­mis­sioner chair­man, said he’s still go­ing to knock on doors, hand out fly­ers and talk to peo­ple even though he’s the only can­di­date. “Some peo­ple know me from the Plan­ning Com­mis­sion and some never met me .... It will be a good idea to meet as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

If he’s elected town com­mis­sioner, he can’t be on the town Plan­ning Com­mis­sion any­more. A res­i­dent of Queen­stown for four years, the Mary­land Av­enue res­i­dent has been on the com­mis­sion for three years.

The town com­mis­sioner seat up for elec­tion this year is presently held by Bow­ell, who de­cided to not seek an another term. Bow­ell ap­proached Schus­ter about run­ning for com­mis­sioner, Schus­ter said.

Schus­ter said serv­ing the com­mu­nity is “giv­ing back” and he has long been in­volved in dif­fer­ent com­mu­ni­ties in which he has lived. He’s pre­vi­ously lived in New Or­leans, Rogers, Ark., and West­field, N.J. In all those places, he was in­volved in lo­cal groups, ei­ther on the plan­ning com­mis­sion or home owner as­so­ci­a­tions.

“Ever y place I’ve lived, I’ve been in­volved,” he said.

Schus­ter works spe­cial events for Kitchen Savers, a Bal­ti­more-based kitchen re­mod­el­ing busi­ness. For his job, he trav­els all around the state, try­ing to get ap­point­ments from peo­ple to up­date their kitchens. Mar­ried to Aleta, he has a son who lives in New Or­leans and a step-son who lives in Seat­tle.

The Queen­stown elec­tion is Mon­day, Nov. 7, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the town of­fice, 7013 Main St. Peo­ple have to be reg­is­tered by Oct. 21 to vote in the town elec­tion.

HO­GIE SCHUS­TER

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