Oct. 6 is filing deadline for council race
— The deadline is fast approaching for candidates to file and voters to register for the Chestertown election in November that will seat a mayor and council members for the first and third wards.
The close of business on Friday, Oct. 6, is the deadline for candidates for the Chestertown election to file their petitions at the town office, 118 N. Cross St.
As of press time, incumbent Chris Cerino was the only candidate to file for mayor and Ellsworth Tolliver was the only candidate to have filed for the Third Ward council seat. Owen Bailey, David Foster and Robert Miller had filed for the First Ward seat. Each term is four years. Incumbents Liz Gross (First Ward) and Sam Shoge (Third Ward) announced in July that they would not seek re-election — Gross because of her husband’s health challenges and Shoge because of the potential conflict of interest with his job as the economic development coordinator for Talbot County.
Chestertown residents who wish to vote in the Nov. 7 town election must be registered with the Kent County Board of Election Supervisors by 5 p.m. Oct. 6. Chestertown residents already registered with the county are automatically registered to vote in the town election.
The Kent County Board of Election Supervisors is at 135 Dixon Drive in the Chestertown Business Park. Forms and information regarding mail-in registration may be obtained from the election office; call 410-778-0038.
All Chestertown registered voters will be eligible to vote for mayor. Only registered voters in the First Ward will be eligible to vote for the candidates in the First Ward, and only registered voters in the Third Ward will be eligible to vote for the candidates in the Third Ward.
Forms and information regarding absentee ballots may be obtained by contacting the town office at 410-778-0500.
Information concerning ward boundaries can be found online at www.townofchestertown.com or by calling the town office.
Absentee ballots must be requested in writing no later than 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1. Note that following the Nov. 1. deadline, there is a process for emergency absentee ballots. For information, contact the town office.