UNION BRIDGE — With less than a week before the April 15 filing deadline, two candidates have filed for mayor and three for the two available council seats.
Two incumbents will square off against Edgar C. Wentz for thecouncil seats during the May 14 election. Incumbent Bret Grossnicklefiled several weeks ago to keep his seat on the council.
Another incumbent councilman, Jeffery M. Six filed Friday and also will run for his second term on the May 14 election.
"I will stand on my record," he said. "I have tried my best and have done a fairjob for the town over the last four years."
Six, 33, has been responsible for maintaining the town's streets. He is an employee of Lehigh Portland Cement Co. He graduated from Francis Scott Key High School and has lived here for 16 years.
His wife Linda is employed at Safeway in Frederick County. The couple has one daughter.
Wentz, 47, also filed last week after other council members had urged him to try for a council seat, he said.
Wentz, a volunteer fire fighter and member of the county Fire Police Association, ran unsuccessfully for the council about 10 years ago. He has been a resident here for nearly 30 years, he said.
"I'm not running to change things here," he said. "Things are running well."
A graduate of Francis Scott Key, Wentz works as an auto mechanic.
Neither Wentz nor Six said theyplan a strong campaign, preferring to let the town residents decide.
Councilmen Perry L. Jones Jr. and Scott W. Davis will vie for themayor's seat. Both men filed after longtime Mayor Edward L. Williar announced his intention to retire at the Feb. 25 council session.
FRITZ FILES FOR COUNCIL
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The last resident to file for a council seat before Monday's deadline was former Police Chief Charles W. "Tooter" Fritz.
Everett R. Ecker, D. Kenneth Grimes and Terry Petry, the three incumbent councilmen, will compete May 14 with Fritz and Roy Johnson, for three open seats.
Fritz, who filed Saturday, ran successfully six years ago. He served three months on the council before he was asked to resume his duties as police chief.
"Quite a few people in town have asked me to run," he said.
A lifelong resident of the town, the 72-year-old Fritz is a charter member of the volunteer fire department.
"My main thought will be to campaign on growth," he said. "We need growth here, but we need controls, too."