Morgan elected by two-vote margin
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.
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.
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.