Schuster unopposed for Queenstown commission
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.