Mor­gan elected by two-vote mar­gin

Record Observer - - Front Page - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Sep­a­rated by two votes, Jeff Mor­gan ousted in­cum­bent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler for a seat on the Centreville Town Coun­cil in the Mon­day, April 3, elec­tion at the Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany sta­tion.

Of the 258 to­tal bal­lots, Mor­gan re­ceived 128 votes and Sigler re­ceived 126 votes. There were four pro­vi­sional bal­lots that would not have swung the elec­tion, as three votes would have gone to Mor­gan and one to Sigler.

A to­tal of 246 votes were cast in per­son and eight ab­sen­tee bal­lots were sub­mit­ted, Centreville Board of Elec­tion Su­per­vi­sors Chair Jim Wat­son read to the crowd of 12 peo­ple wait­ing in the fire­house for the re­sults.

Mor­gan, who was in at­ten­dance dur­ing the bal­lot count­ing, thanked res­i­dents of the town for com­ing out to vote and is look­ing for­ward to work­ing with cur­rent coun­cil mem­bers Jim Beauchamp and Tim McCluskey. “I’ll do the best I can,” he said. Hav­ing cam­paigned for fis­cal re­spon­si­bil­ity, eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and in­fra­struc­ture, Mor­gan said he wants to go through the bud­get thor­oughly and look deeper into town in­fra­struc­ture is­sues.

He said he wants to do ev­ery­thing for the bet­ter­ment of the res­i­dents of the town.

Tim Kingston, pres­i­dent of the Queen Anne’s County Repub­li­can Cen­tral Com­mit­tee, thanked Sigler for his ef­forts over the past six years serv­ing the town. He said the com­mit­tee is “ex­cited with the new change” and be­lieves Mor­gan will do a great job.

“We’re look­ing for great things for the Town of Centreville,” Kingston said.

The elec­tion was con­ducted us­ing pa­per bal­lots from noon to 7 p.m. at the fire­house, lo­cated at 212 Broad­way.

Centreville Board of Elec­tions Su­per­vi­sors Vice Chair­man Bob Nor­ris, mem­ber John Beskid and Wat­son con­ducted the vote count­ing.

Hav­ing pulled each bal­lot out of a box, the su­per­vi­sors made piles for each can­di­date and placed the bal­lots on each stack. Once di­vided, the su­per­vi­sors made piles con­tain­ing 10 bal­lots to help count. Af­ter each side was com­pleted, the su­per­vi­sors swapped piles and re-counted each stack.

Once the in-per­son votes were tal­lied, the group opened the ab­sen­tee bal­lots and up­dated the num­bers. In to­tal, the su­per­vi­sors spent about 30 min­utes ver­i­fy­ing the re­sults.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

Centreville Board of Elec­tions Su­per­vi­sors tally votes cast dur­ing the 2017 town coun­cil elec­tion be­tween Jeff Mor­gan and in­cum­bent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler on Mon­day, April 3. From left: Chair­man Jim Wat­son, Vice Chair­man Bob Nor­ris and mem­ber John Beskid.

PHOTO BY MIKE DAVIS

New Centreville Town Coun­cil­man Jeff Mor­gan, who beat in­cum­bent Ge­orge “Smokey” Sigler in an elec­tion for the seat held on Mon­day, April 3, at the Good­will Vol­un­teer Fire Com­pany, shakes hands with Centreville Town Man­ager Steve Walls af­ter the votes are tal­lied.

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