Shoge, Gross won’t seek new terms; mayor still un­de­cided

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— 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.

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