Schuster elected to Queenstown commission unopposed
QUEENSTOWN — Hogie Schuster has been elected as the new Queenstown Commissioner after he ran unopposed for the seat.
A total of 28 people voted in the town election on Monday, Nov. 7. Of those, 20 voted in person and eight absentee. All the votes were for Schuster. There were no write-ins.
The low turnout is consistent with other town elections where someone ran unopposed. In 2012, another com- missioner ran unopposed and 27 people voted in that election, said Amy Moore, town clerk. Last year, 85 people voted in another town commissioner election which was opposed. In 2014, three people ran for town commissioner and 122 people voted.
Schuster was out of town on election day and voted by absentee ballot. In a telephone interview, he expressed his gratitude. “I’m very happy that I won. I look forward to serving Queenstown and its residents,”
He replaces Commissioner Mike Bowell, who decided to not seek re-election. Bowell has one more commissioner meeting to attend on Wednesday, Nov. 9. Schuster is expected to be sworn in next week.
Schuster was the only person who filed for town commissioner who met the requirements to run. But the town still held the election because write-in candidates are allowed.
Another person filed, but was disqualified. An application was mailed to the town office with the name Keith Jackson Jr. on it, but Moore disqualified him since she can’t verify his address and he’s not a registered voter.
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 elec- tions, but no write-in candidate has ever won, Moore said. She has worked for the town government for 29 years.
Schuster, currently the town’s Planning Commission chairman, will have to give up his seat on that board. A resident of Queenstown for four years, Schuster is a Maryland Avenue resident and was on that planning board for three years.
He 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.
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.
When Schuster leaves the Planning Commissioners, the town commissioners will have to appoint a replacement.