Schus­ter elected to Queen­stown com­mis­sion un­op­posed

Record Observer - - News - By CHRISTO­PHER KERSEY

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.


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