Shoge, Gross won’t seek new terms; mayor still undecided
— Two town council members are not seeking another term in the upcoming election cycle.
The election for Chestertown’s mayor and first ward and third ward council members will be held Tuesday, Nov. 7.
Due to her husband’s health challenges, Liz Gross of the first ward said she will not be a candidate for the election.
“I say that with a great deal of regret because I otherwise would have been. I loved ser ving on town council. I find it challenging. I did not expect the huge diversity of issues we deal with all the time and the diversity of people to work with and reaching compromise. I have found that really enriching and enjoyable,” Gross said at the Monday, July 10, town meeting.
Sam Shoge, of the third ward, confirmed via email Tuesday, July 11, that he also will not be a candidate in the election. After accepting a position as economic development coordinator for Talbot County, Shoge said holding both positions “presents a conflict of interest.”
Mayor Chris Cerino is undecided but is leaning toward running again, he said in an email. He expects to make a decision by the end of the month.
Cerino, Gross and Shoge are winding down their first terms on the council.
Petitions — which require 20 signatures — for candidacy will not be accepted until Aug. 31. They are available for download on the town’s website. Interested persons also can find requirements for eligibility, finance reporting and absentee ballot information online.