HAMPSTEAD — Candidates are hoping the lack of challengers on the ballot won't keep voters home on election day Tuesday.
Residents vote from 7 a.m.to 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1034 S. Carroll St., for three candidates who are running unopposed for mayor and two council seats.
Running unopposed for mayor is C. Clinton Becker, 43, who has hasserved on the council since 1989 and, until March 31, served on the town's Planning and Zoning Commission. He is a financial analyst for Bell Atlantic Corp. in Silver Spring and has worked in the telephone industry 25 years.
Councilman Arthur H. Moler, 58, is running for a third term. For the last 26 years, he has worked at Black & Decker and now is a quality control supervisor.
Councilman Gary W. Bauer,44, is seeking election to the post to which he was appointed last fall. Bauer served a term on the council when he was elected in 1983. He lost a bid for mayor in 1987 and for the council in 1989 but was appointed to a vacancy.
CITY ELECTION TOMORROW
WESTMINSTER -- Registered voters can cast their ballots tomorrow from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Volunteer Fire Co., 66 E. Main St.
Seven candidates are vying for three seats on the five-member City Council.
Incumbents Samuel V. Greenholtz and Mark S. Snyder will be seeking election to second four-year terms. Challenging them will be Stephen R. Chapin Sr., Dennis Frazier, Michael Oakes, Rebecca A. Orenstein, and former council member Kenneth A. Yowan.
Parking on Main Street is free.
TOWN VOTES FOR MAYOR
DATELINE: UNION BRIDGE
UNION BRIDGE -- Voters must choose between two councilmen vying for mayor on the May 14 ballot here.
The 300 registered voters will select PerryL. Jones Jr. or Scott W. Davis to fill the seat vacated by retiring Mayor Edward L. Williar, who had the job 35 years.
Council President Jones, 39, would bring 10 years of town government experience to the job. He recently has been active in forming a town business association.
Davis, 62, a first-term councilman and recent retiree, saidhe can devote himself full time to the position. He sees revitalization, growth and police protection as the key issues.
Voters also will determine which of three candidates will fill the two council seats. Incumbents Jeffery Six, 34, and Bret Grossnickle, 32, who have said they will stand on their records, face a challenge from Edgar C. Wentz, 47.
After the election, one vacancy will exist on the council. The new mayor will have to fill the seat, with council's approval.
Voters still can register from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday at Town Hall, 1 W. Broadway. The polls will be open from 7 a.m to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Town Hall.
FIVE VIE FOR COUNCIL SEATS
DATELINE: NEW WINDSOR
NEW WINDSOR -- Three incumbents and two challengers will run for three available seats in Tuesday's election here.
D. Kenneth Grimes, 76, is seeking his fifth term. Everett R. Ecker Sr., 66, and Terry Petry, 36, want to continue for a second term.
The three men face a challenge from Charles W. "Tooter" Fritz, the town's former police chief. Fritz, 72, won a council seat in 1985, but resigned after a few months to resume his police job.
Both he and the other challenger, Roy A. Johnson, 62, said other residents here encouraged them to run for the council. With the exception of Johnson, all the candidates are lifelong town residents.
Johnson, a minister with the Church of the Brethren, moved here about two years ago to work with the church's stewardship program. He said he could add his administrative and housing experience to the council job.
The candidates agree growth is the major issue facing the town. Two residential developers are awaiting final approval before building about 100 homes each.
With nearly 300 registered voters and a history of big turnouts, the race could be close.
The polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Town Hall, 211 High St.