Oct. 6 is fil­ing dead­line for coun­cil race

Sunday Star - - LOCAL - By TR­ISH MCGEE pm­cgee@thekent­coun­tynews.com

— 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.

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